Advice & Tips

Drywall: High Traffic - Unpainted, To Be Painted

  1. Surface Preparation:
    • repair gouges, etc. with drywall compound or spackle, and sand flush once dry; for maximum durability, use plaster of Paris or patching plaster, and sand flush
    • fill gaps with quality acrylic or siliconized acrylic caulk, and immediately smooth it flush; allow to dry over night and make a second application if needed; do not sand a caulk
    • remove all dust using rags or vacuum cleaner; clean off any dirt, etc. with a detergent and water mixture, rinse thoroughly
  2. Priming:
    • priming is required in order to achieve adequate uniformity of sheen and hiding
    • for most work, a PVA latex wall primer works well
    • or, for maximum adhesion and stain blocking, use a quality latex stain-blocking primer that is recommended for interior use
    • do not leave a primer unpainted
  3. Painting:
    • for best dirt resistance, durability and cleanability, use a top-of-the-line interior latex wall paint in flat or eggshell finish, depending on appearance desired
    • a satin finish will provide better dirt and stain resistance
    • a flat latex wall paint will hide irregularities in the surface but will not resist stains and burnishing as well as a quality eggshell or satin finish

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