I had a painter come over to paint the garage drywall (it was reversed for some reason).

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https://imgur.com/V9Q5jcW https://imgur.com/Uhajs6q

He used Sheetrock Dust Control to cover the nails and seal the drywall gaps. Later used 3 coats of Glidden Premium Exterior Paint for the walls and ceiling.

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https://imgur.com/qPcenMj https://imgur.com/2rBk6uM

The result looks pretty uneven, annoyed that I spent the money on a professional and still didn't get an even looking wall paint

How can I get an even paint if I have to paint over this myself

  • Brown drywall?...... What did he use for primer? Apr 9 '18 at 16:04
  • the drywall was reversed, as per the painter, so it looks like that as you can see in the pictures. He did not use a primer, said that 3 layers of the exterior grade paint should cover it up Apr 9 '18 at 16:09
  • Going from black to white or vice versa you need strong pigments. Black uses the potent mineral pigment "carbon black" which by luck is nontoxic, unlike White lead. Safe white pigments are weak tea. Given the dark and stained surface I woulda used primer until nothing prints through, then topcoat til the primer doesn't print through (1-2 coats). 3 coats of white is a fair default assumption for a clean surface that is already near white, as most old work is. Had he seen the wall before bidding it? Apr 9 '18 at 16:35
  • I showed the garage to him before he started working, not sure why he would suggest just 3 layers of paint without using the primer (for someone who claims to be a professional). Apr 9 '18 at 16:50
  • Given the current condition of the walls, would you recommend priming and then pain. Or am I expected to use paint removal and then prime and paint? Apr 9 '18 at 16:55

The drywall probably isn't reversed. Old drywall paper darkens with UV exposure, and many from the 80s and earlier look just like that. It's not intended to be a finished surface.

You can be sure by looking at the tapered edge joints--if there's a paper edge showing you're seeing the back side. If it's smooth paper wrapped all the way around it's the front.

The right approach was to seal the surface first with PVA primer/sealer or equivalent. It would've then probably taken one coat of quality paint, or two at most, to arrive at a satisfactory finish for a garage.

At this point I'd prime with a good blocking sealer and repaint with just one coat, applied carefully and properly. Rather, I'd expect the "professional" to do that.


Three coats of paint here is insufficient, or rather inappropriate. This surface needed a good sanding, and probably some ready-made drywall joint compound, to make it even and clean.

Then one coat of primer and two coats of paint (until nice). In the current condition, I'd be afraid whatever you put over will flake sooner than later due to the bad base.

Personnaly, I'd have gone

  • drywall compound till nice all around
  • sand evenly
  • primer
  • 2 coats.

I assume all those racks and shelves were removed prior to painting, right ?

From the current condition, I'm not sure how much sanding would give enough for the new paint to hold.

  • yes the shelves were removed, thanks for the answer. I didn't want to redo all the paint work, so was curious whether there was a simpler solution than sanding. Can I try Gliden Gripper Primer and then paint on it Apr 9 '18 at 19:09

This looks like less of a coverage problem and more of a texture/surface problem.

Taking a surface which is irregular in color, surface texture, absorption rate, etc. -- and turning it into a surface which is uniform in all those respects -- is primer's job.

Since the surface is still not uniform in at least one of those things, I'd hit it with primer until it is. Primer is also pigmented and it's $18/gal instead of $30+/gal.

Once the surface is uniform, the usual 1-2 coats of topcoat should do.


A coat of gypsum over it, then you can primer and paint

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