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Old 05-24-2011, 11:14 PM   #1
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I've seen this particular problem raised multiple times throughout various boards and can't seem to find a good answer so here it is again.

I am trying to do a repair job on some drywall and did all the proper prep work with respect to applying joint compound and sanding etc. When I try to apply primer over the joint compound the primer bubbles right up and literally peels right off onto the roller. I have cleaned the area correctly and have allowed literally a week for compound to dry. The issue is not dust, moisture or quality of product (the primer I used is Sherwin Williams high end stuff) so why won't the primer adhere to the compound? Will something like Zinnser Gardz address the issue?

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Old 05-25-2011, 01:17 AM   #2
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Sounds like you may be applying the primer too heavy. We have this same issue when coating over inorganic zinc rich primer. We have to apply a mist coat and allow the zinc to gass out through the thin coating and then come back and fill it in with the rest of the coating after about five minutes. Same thing happens on concrete coatings if they are applied too heavy. You may need to thin out some of your primer and stripe coat over the joint compound then follow up with the remainder of the primer. This may seem like a pain but it beats haveing peeling paint. I'm not sure why you would be having a bonding issue unless there is still dust on the walls. Is the entire coating peeling or is it only where the bubbles popped open.

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Area has been cleaned and dried Thoroughly but primer won't adhere to areas where joint compound has been applied. Can't really get any real thickness applied since it begins to bubble and peel off almost immediately and subsequently sticks to the roller in strips leaving a pretty big mess. Have heard that the joint compound itself has to be sealed to allow adhesion with something like Zinsser Gardz Sealer. Guess I'll try that. Thanks for the follow up.
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Could ther have been contaminated water used for cleaning or for mixing the drywall mud. Have you tested an area to see if water is absorbed by the joint compound.
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Did minimal wet sanding with standard tap water then allowed patch job to dry for over a week with a fan drying the area. On my second attempt with two different primers (both Sherwin Williams Flomax - one tinted and one just standard white). Same result both times. Joint compound came premixed so was just the spread, sand and wipe clean kind. Two coats as directed. Final results looked great until I applied the primer.
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Do you have the batch numbers for the primer. I have had old batches of paint given to me on occasion. I just had some on a job last week on SW diamond clad clear coat. It is a three part mix and 2 of the part C's were out of date out of 60 gallons. I still feel that there is contamination in the mud if the primer is bonding everywhere else. Contamination could be from dust or high moisture. You said thet you ruled out the dust. Maybe someone else can comment on this topic since I have never ran into this issue with dry wall mud. I would be curious to see thos batch numers on the primer and the mud.
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Did minimal wet sanding with standard tap water then allowed patch job to dry for over a week with a fan drying the area. On my second attempt with two different primers (both Sherwin Williams Flomax - one tinted and one just standard white). Same result both times. Joint compound came premixed so was just the spread, sand and wipe clean kind. Two coats as directed. Final results looked great until I applied the primer.
I can not find a product data sheet for SW flomax. Are you sure this is the product
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Was the repair done because of water damage? It sounds to me like the moisture hasn't worked itself out of the system. Blisters are an indication of moisture, and even though the compound may be dry, some moisture may be transferring through from underneath. After a leaking roof is fixed, the ceiling needs a couple of weeks to dry out before a repair should be attempted. I would give it a week to dry further and have another go at it.
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Was the repair done because of water damage? It sounds to me like the moisture hasn't worked itself out of the system. Blisters are an indication of moisture, and even though the compound may be dry, some moisture may be transferring through from underneath. After a leaking roof is fixed, the ceiling needs a couple of weeks to dry out before a repair should be attempted. I would give it a week to dry further and have another go at it.
Do yo know of this primer(flomax). Every time I try to look it up I see marine coatings,gas supplies and some drug with a law suite. I'm thinking the product is (promar).could it be possible that these repairs are a thin skim coat over oil based paint with a latex primer reacting to the oil coating.

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Do yo know of this primer(flomax). Every time I try to look it up I see marine coatings,gas supplies and some drug with a law suite. I'm thinking the product is (promar).could it be possible that these repairs are a thin skim coat over oil based paint with a latex primer reacting to the oil coating.
nevermind. scratch my last thought. if it were latex over oil the problem would be more than the repair areas only.
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I've seen this particular problem raised multiple times throughout various boards and can't seem to find a good answer so here it is again.

I am trying to do a repair job on some drywall and did all the proper prep work with respect to applying joint compound and sanding etc. When I try to apply primer over the joint compound the primer bubbles right up and literally peels right off onto the roller. I have cleaned the area correctly and have allowed literally a week for compound to dry. The issue is not dust, moisture or quality of product (the primer I used is Sherwin Williams high end stuff) so why won't the primer adhere to the compound? Will something like Zinnser Gardz address the issue?
First of all, if you were using a Behr paint product, virtually everyone here would be screaming about the paint, and not even thinking about it possibly being something else.

That said... If I were you, I'd try a different primer - one specifically for first-coating drywall. If it works, problem solved. And it's possible that something is screwed up with the primer you have (yes, that does happen on occasion).

If the different primer does NOT adhere, then there just about has to be something wrong with the drywall mud you used. It's not likely, but I'm sure there are screwed up batches of mud that go out periodically.


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It sounds like the mud had several days to cure, which is vital so that it is not re-wetted when coated with a latex primer (water-based). Hard to tell if something is wrong with the compound. In some cases, an oil-based primer is used.
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[quote=DrHicks;654731]First of all, if you were using a Behr paint product, virtually everyone here would be screaming about the paint, and not even thinking about it possibly being something else.

if he were using behr, we would know the reason why the product is failing and there would be no need to think it is possibly something else.
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First of all, if you were using a Behr paint product, virtually everyone here would be screaming about the paint, and not even thinking about it possibly being something else.

if he were using behr, we would know the reason why the product is failing and there would be no need to think it is possibly something else.
Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight...

About a month back a guy stained his deck with Behr Stain 1 day after power-washing it, and when he asked why he was having problems, the inevitable chorus of "Behr is CRAP!" came flying out. Never mind the fact that he stained a wet deck. The problem was the Behr stain. Any other brand - no matter what grade - and those stupid comments would not have been made.

THAT is the kind of crappy advice people can do without.
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Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight...

About a month back a guy stained his deck with Behr Stain 1 day after power-washing it, and when he asked why he was having problems, the inevitable chorus of "Behr is CRAP!" came flying out. Never mind the fact that he stained a wet deck. The problem was the Behr stain. Any other brand - no matter what grade - and those stupid comments would not have been made.

THAT is the kind of crappy advice people can do without.
as i see it; no one made any comments such as that on this thread. you brought up behr paint and threw in your sarcasm,riiiiiiiiiiiiight. we dont all automatically bash behr/HD. if this were a problem with behr i would be asking the OP the same questions because of the oddity of his problem but i would also be thinking of the possibility that the product is the problem. i am doing that now with this product. now that you brought it up, no help will be offered to the OP. you have turned this thread into another behr bashing session... PS, i like home depot, not there paint.

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