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carpenal 02-28-2011 03:42 PM

prepping for painting on NC home
 
Hi all,

I am building a new home and the drywall guys just finished sanding. My wife had a conversation with the drywall guy who told her NOT to clean up all the dust and just paint away. They will wipe down the walls and we should be good to go. I about fell out of my chair!!! I have remodeled 2 homes and am no stranger to painting, but I have ALWAYS been meticulous about cleaning and prepping before laying down anything on a wall or ceiling.

This not cleaning adice is nuts right? Another guy actually told me the dust helps the primer adhere to the walls and ceilings.

Let me know your thoughts.

Edgar214 02-28-2011 04:33 PM

Dumb comment from someone that doesn't paint for a living!
Mike

carpenal 02-28-2011 04:48 PM

That is exactly what I thought. Along that same line, I've heard people here in So Tennessee complain that because of the humidity, (which actually isn't bad) they can rub the paint of the walls when they clean them.

I told them that's baloney, it's more likey a bad painting job.

Thanks for the feedback.

Windows 02-28-2011 05:02 PM

Besides wiping the walls down, how do you intend to clean them?

kboyz 02-28-2011 05:15 PM

Any paint short of an industrial coating will come off if you use a harsh enough chemical in addition to some elbow grease. The lower the sheen the easier it is to damage. I don't believe the humidity is a huge factor. It gets pretty humid in VT and I don't recall ever hearing of such a thing. As for dust not needing to be cleaned up or dust making the paint bond better, it sounds like you already know the deal there. Hopefully he knows more about drywall than painting.

carpenal 02-28-2011 05:42 PM

as far as cleaning goes, once the DW guys finish their cleanup (scraping floors, brushing down walls etc.) I am going to vacuum all floors and window sills, then wipe everything down again, then start spraying.

carpenal 02-28-2011 05:43 PM

This is all new drywall, brand new home. Am I missing a step in cleaning?

Gymschu 02-28-2011 05:50 PM

For me, I brush down the walls with a broom and vacuum up the dust. Primer is applied and allowed a day to dry. Then the wall is sanded and mopped off. Finish coats are applied with sanding and mopping in between coats. Finish comes out smoother than a baby's behind.

Matthewt1970 02-28-2011 08:00 PM

There is no way that leaving dust on the wall can make paint stick better.

boman47k 03-01-2011 09:40 AM

I like to take a damp rag and wipe the walls down to remove as much dust as possible. No experience in spraying in a home, but I assume an even deeper cleaning would be in order.

carpenal 03-19-2011 11:31 PM

Priming done!!!
 
Hey everyone,

Priming is done. 5800 Sq ft of floorplan, used a graco x5 sprayer, 515 tip, set at about 60% max pressure. Looks great. Thanks to to folks who recommended back rolling. Made all the difference.

Tray ceiling in the living room is 11 ft., even with the extension pole, had my arms at full height. can you say pain?? Have a friend helping who is a back rolling machine. Covered more than 5500 sq ft in 5 hours.

painting ceilings tomorrow with ceiling paint.

Thanks to all. will post pics soon.

chrisn 03-20-2011 05:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by carpenal (Post 612926)
Hey everyone,

Priming is done. 5800 Sq ft of floorplan, used a graco x5 sprayer, 515 tip, set at about 60% max pressure. Looks great. Thanks to to folks who recommended back rolling. Made all the difference.

Tray ceiling in the living room is 11 ft., even with the extension pole, had my arms at full height. can you say pain?? Have a friend helping who is a back rolling machine. Covered more than 5500 sq ft in 5 hours.

painting ceilings tomorrow with ceiling paint.

Thanks to all. will post pics soon.

3 ft step ladder:yes:

carpenal 03-29-2011 11:43 PM

Ran into a problem...

painting dining room with a fairly dark shade of red paint, over UNTINTED primer. I think I'm looking at 3 coats. :mad: Does that sound about right?

Stupid me, should have thought about this :)

Thanks

Leah Frances 03-30-2011 12:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by carpenal
Ran into a problem...

painting dining room with a fairly dark shade of red paint, over UNTINTED primer. I think I'm looking at 3 coats. :mad: Does that sound about right?

Stupid me, should have thought about this :)

Thanks

You may be looking at MORE than 3. Sorry. Before I knew better, it took DH and myself 6 coats of a really rich red to get the look we wanted - and we bought good paint $$$


Funny part was - it was a rental. We expected to loose our security deposit over the red walls. Guess the LL liked it, cause we got every dime back :) just about covered the cost of the extra paint :laughing:


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