Painting new drywall is an exciting project for homeowners to undertake. Whether your home is new or you have made an addition, painting drywall can dramatically change the appearance of a room. The good news is that you can save a great deal of money by doing this project yourself instead of hiring contractors. There are some handy tips that will make the painting project easier for you.
Preparing the Drywall for Painting
Preparing the new drywall for painting is an important part of the process that should not be skipped. Many times homeowners feel that since the wall is brand new there is nothing to prep before putting on the first coat of new paint. This is an error that you do not want to make because the project will not look as good when complete.
Check the new drywall for exposed nails or small holes that might have occurred when it was hung. Use a hammer and lightly tap in any exposed nails and use a sheetrock filler compound to repair any holes or small areas of damage prior to painting the wall.
Sanding the Drywall Prior to Painting
To create smooth and even surface sand the drywall with a fine grain sanding paper. You can use an electric sander for this. Make certain to use even pressure so that you do not create dips in the wall. If the seam areas are extremely rough, you can sand once with a coarse grain sanding paper and then one more time with the fine grain sanding paper.
The drywall will have a thin layer of dust on it from the sanding. Use a clean, white cloth rag that is lint-free to dust the wall. Any dust left on the drywall can cause the paint to look poor when it dries.
Priming the Drywall Prior to Painting
Many people assume that since the drywall is brand new that it does not need priming. Paint jobs will last longer and the paint will adhere better to the new wall if you prime the drywall prior to painting.
Select a primer that is specifically for drywall when you make your paint purchase. Follow the directions on the can of primer to allow plenty of time for the primer to set and give the optimum surface for painting.
Painting the New Drywall
Once you have prepped, sanded and primed the drywall it is time to paint it. You can use a spray gun to paint or you can use rollers. It is completely up to you which method works best for you.
Make certain that the area is well ventilated and that you have proper protective gear on when doing the painting. Allow a minimum of twenty-four hours between coats. You want the paint to have time to completely dry before adding additional coats.
Often the paint will soak into the drywall and you will have a better feel for how many coats are needed if you allow one day between each one. Reduce moisture in the room that you paint. Your new drywall is now beautiful and will have a paint job that will last for years.