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Old 09-16-2009, 10:21 AM   #1
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I'm getting ready to buy some primer and paint for the interior walls of my garage.

1) What are some good/affordable brands to buy?

2) I have a Home Depot, Lowe's, and Kelly Moore near my house. Where should I go?? I'm assuming KM would be the better place.

3) I was planning on using some KILZ as a primer/sealer, and using a exterior satin/eggshell latex for a top coat. How does this sound?

4) How many coats should I expect to put on?

5) Lastly, how much square footage does a gallon typically cover?

Sorry for all the questions, I haven't done too much painting in my life. THANKS!!!

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Old 09-16-2009, 10:44 AM   #2
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Well, for a garage, there not as much need to be fancy, so take the brand of paint you can afford. But the primer question depends on what's one the walls now? already painted? bare drywall? what?

The trouble with cheap paints is they don't hide as well as a better brand. Now this may be 100% subjective in a garage, but that's generally the case. You end up doing it twice when one coat of Sherwin Williams etc would have done. So at 350 sq ft (on average) per gallon of paint, you may get the garage done with one gallon of good stuff vs two gallons of Behr. So which is cheaper in then end?

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Thanks for the input. The walls are just bare drywall right now. They aren't even textured, nor will they be. I'm not looking for a perfect job, since it's in my work space. Just something that will look okay, keep the dust off the walls, and clean up reasonably well.
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Well, in that case you first need a primer to seal the drywall. Not a paint, not necesarily Zinssers product - but a cheap primer. That'll fill in the microscopic holes in the surface on the drywall itself and the joint compound. Then pick the paint of your choice, preferably not a glossy paint but an eggshell or even a flat. The more gloss the easier to clean.

A light colour is what most people go with, not a dark blue...use a roler and giveit as many coats as you think it needs but one good thick coat will probably do ya.

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I would go with the Kelly Moore

Primer: 971 Acry-Prime Latex Primer/Sealer


Finish Coats: 550 Super Latex Interior Flat Wall Paint

By the way forget the Kilz
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I would go with the Kelly Moore

Primer: 971 Acry-Prime Latex Primer/Sealer


Finish Coats: 550 Super Latex Interior Flat Wall Paint

By the way forget the Kilz
I figured exterior paint may hold up a little better in my garage than interior paint. Is this true? The garage will be used to finish building my race car, so there will be sparks flying while I weld, grind, etc...

Also, why do you recommend a falt instead of semigloss? Won't it be easier to maintain with some sort of sheen?

Thanks for the help!
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I would go with the Kelly Moore

Primer: 971 Acry-Prime Latex Primer/Sealer


Finish Coats: 550 Super Latex Interior Flat Wall Paint

By the way forget the Kilz
I forgot to ask...

Why don't you like Kilz as a primer/sealer?

Also, is primer necessary in a garage? Or can I just put on a couple coats of paint?

Again, the walls are bare sheetrock smoothed over w/ mud.
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Exterior paint should not be used in an enclosed area there are additives in there that could potentially cause respiratory problems.

Also, why do you recommend a flat instead of semigloss? Won't it be easier to maintain with some sort of sheen?

You could put an eggshell on if you want.do you really think you will be washing the walls in your garage? Most people don't even clean their walls inside the house, they just re paint.

I don't like Kilz in general( only the original oil base is any good anyway) and you don't need it as a drywall primer anyway. You just need a drywall primer because it is cheaper than finish paint and it is what the finish paint sticks too. NO, do not just put on multiple coats of finish.You need a primer to seal in the mud and bare sheet rock. Go to a real paint store and ask what primer to use and go ahead and use semi gloss if you want to be working in an operating room in the hospital. It will also show every flaw and defect in the sheet rock.
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Thanks chrisn for confirming that...maybe the OP doesn't believe us so wonder how many more people he wants to say the same thing?
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I think he is convinced, now.I hope.
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LOL guess he didn't believe me...
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I've found flat paint does not clean, no longer use it
I always use a finish that I can clean
I prefer to clean then repaint
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But a flat paint will be better at hiding imperfactions and you don't have to repaint the entire garage, just touch up spots here and there.
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Also, the better high end flats( the more expensive ones) are cleanable( so they say) and again, how many people are going to be cleaning the walls in their garage?How many people actually clean the walls in their own homes?My wife is a cleaning freak, but I have never seen her actually washing the walls, maybe small spots but never the walls, of course she has free labor when it is time to re paint.

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Old 09-20-2009, 09:41 AM   #15
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We have a 3 year old son with crayons
And other items of destruction
So the ability to clean is important

Wife does paint, but now with son that job has passed to me

We've been here 6 years & have yet to repaint any wall
MIL did use flat on her older house w/imperfect walls
So yeah - that is a valid point

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