Tips For Painting New Drywall

Painting New Drywall takes special care to get the results you want. Inspection and careful sanding are required to remove imperfections such as gouges, dings, nail holes, and dents.


You should also apply a good-quality primer. This helps conceal drywall mud, and paint adheres better to it. Typically, it would help if you tinted the primer to match your paint color; this will save you some money on the cost of your final coats.

It’s important to properly prepare new drywall before painting so that the paint adheres and lasts for years. This involves repairing any holes or cracks, cleaning the drywall with a vacuum and a microfiber tack cloth, and sanding it smooth with a pole sander. It also involves a coat of high-quality primer made specifically for drywall. This will help the paint to go on smoothly and avoid peeling in humid conditions down the road. Finally, it’s important to sweep and mop the wall before applying the primer and to use a black cloth to make sure there isn’t any dust left behind.

The most common cause of a flaw in a drywall surface is improperly anchored tape. This can result in blistering, peeling and cracks in the drywall. It is easy to miss these problems, especially when the lighting in the room is low and they are hard to see. The best way to find these problem areas is to hold a trouble light on the wall, moving it around to highlight each area of damage. Once you have found these issues, use a small amount of spackling or joint compound to fix them.

Another common problem is nail pops. This is caused by seasonal expansion and contraction of the studs which pushes nails out of the drywall. A bit of drywall mud or joint compound can fill in these areas, but it will take several coats to hide the holes and the rough surface.

To prevent this from happening in the future, it is recommended that you seal these dents with a caulking product. There are many different types of caulking available, but latex is the most popular. The type of caulking used will depend on the climate where you live. For example, if you are in an environment with high humidity, silicone caulking may be a better option than traditional latex.

To prevent dings and dents from showing up under the paint, it is recommended that you apply a primer. This will provide a good base for the paint and help it to hide any dings or dents in the drywall. This is especially important if you plan on using a darker color of paint. In addition, it is a good idea to apply a second coat of primer after the first.


New drywall is porous, so it must be primed before you can apply paint. This helps ensure the color stays put and doesn’t get peeled off later. It also helps reduce the number of topcoats required to achieve a professional quality finish. There are a variety of primers that are available, but you need to select the one specifically designed for your material. For example, if you are painting over new drywall, you should use a PVA (polyvinyl acetate) primer. This type of primer dries quickly, seals the pores in the surface and makes it easy to sand for a smooth surface. It is a great base coat for latex or oil-based paints.

For stained drywall, there are shellac-based primers that work well. They cover stains very well, but they don’t dry as quickly as water-based products and can have high VOC levels. If you have staining on your drywall, we recommend trying one of these on a small area of the wall before priming the entire surface.

There are also specialized primers for walls that have been previously painted, but need a second coat of primer. This is especially useful for projects in which the existing finish has flaws such as water stains or mold. The odorless version of this product is ideal if you’re sensitive to chemical or paint odors.

There are several ways to apply a primer, but spraying is the most effective and fastest way to prime a large area of new drywall. A Graco airless sprayer can be rented or purchased for a reasonable price, and will help save you time. Many professional painters spray their primer, because they can cover the entire surface more evenly than brushing or rolling. If you choose to use a sprayer, you should test your product to make sure it’s compatible with your sprayer and to determine the best application method.


When you’re ready to paint the drywall, use a high-quality latex or acrylic based paint that is specifically formulated for drywall. Drywall is very porous and will absorb other types of paints, resulting in an uneven finish.

It’s also important to use a brush that is designed for drywall. Brushes with tapered bristles are a good choice, as they will hold the paint better and produce fewer brush marks. Avoid using natural bristle brushes, as they will swell and leave behind a blotchy finish. Use synthetic-bristle brushes instead, as they’ll last longer and be more resistant to water.

Drywall is very porous and will absorb a lot of the primer that you put on it, which can make the finished product look blotchy. To avoid this, apply a coat of drywall sealer to the wall before priming and painting it. This will create a barrier that prevents the paint from soaking in, and it will also help the primer and paint adhere to the wall.

Once you’ve applied the sealer to the drywall, let it dry. Then, sand the wall smooth with a medium grit sanding sponge or hand sandpaper. Once the surface is smooth, wipe it down with a damp cloth to remove any dust and dirt.

A quality drywall primer is essential for most painting projects. It will fill the tiny holes and groves in the drywall, creating an even surface that’s ready for a coat of paint. A high-quality drywall primer will also have a higher volume of solids, which helps compensate for defects in the drywall paper, mud, and texture.

The most common type of drywall primer is a latex based product. This is ideal for new drywall, as it will provide an excellent base for the paint and will be less susceptible to cracking or peeling. Other types of drywall primers are available, such as shellac-based products, which provide an excellent stain blocking capability. However, these typically contain high levels of VOC, which means they’re not as suitable for use in homes with sensitive individuals. It is also possible to buy a paint and primer in one product that will work on new drywall, although it’s important to remember that the surface should still be primed before proceeding.


If you have recently put in new drywall, remodeled your kitchen, bathroom or bedroom, or repaired damage, it’s time to get painting. It’s not a glamorous job, but it’s one that needs to be done right to prevent issues in the future, such as peeling paint and moisture damage.

After the drywall is installed and a sander smoothed, it is a good idea to apply a thin layer of joint compound, sometimes called mud. This helps to conceal the seams and screw holes and also provides an even surface for painting. It is important to let this dry completely before beginning the actual painting process.

Next, a thorough inspection of the drywall is needed to determine what repairs are necessary. The walls should be free of gouges, dents and creases. These can be filled in with drywall mud or another paste solution and sanded with a pole sander to create an even finish on the wall. It is also a good time to fix any nail or screw holes that were left by the installer.

Once the sanding and any repair work is completed, it’s a good idea to give the entire surface a light dusting with a broom or vacuum cleaner to remove any remaining dust particles from the walls and ceiling. Keeping the walls dust-free will help to ensure that the paint will adhere properly and will stay on the wall for a long time.

A high quality primer will also help the paint to cover the drywall well and avoid showing any blemishes on the wall. A primer specifically designed for drywall will provide the best results, but any latex primer will work as well. It’s important to make sure the primer is dry before beginning the painting process.

When you are ready to begin the painting process, it’s a good idea to start in the corners of the room and work your way outwards. This will help to keep the paint from getting on any tools or furniture that might be in the way as you paint. It is also a good idea to back roll when possible, which will help to reduce streaking and drips. A seasoned pro will use a lambswool roller cover, rather than polyester, to minimize spatter and leave less lint on the surface.