I have a wall of acoustic drywall in my studio and I'd like to paint it another colour, but it has these cut-out holes in it which aren't painted, they're just white, how should I go about painting it so i either don't get paint on the walls of the holes or cover the walls fully?

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  • can you use adhesive to attach a sonic-ally-transparent veneer cloth to the surface?
    – dandavis
    Feb 14, 2019 at 18:53

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Since the holes are deep and there are many of them, I wouldn't try to paint them. I'd use a thin-nap (1/4") or foam roller and just paint the surface of the wall. If you keep the roller fairly well wrung out you shouldn't see significant squeeze into the holes.

You might need to have a scrap of plywood or cardboard on hand to pre-roll, making the paint load more uniform and light. Also, it may take several light coats.

Oops. I was focusing on the dimples on the horizontal panels and didn't see that the ones on the wall in that photo are different.

Original answer:

I would use a foam brush and dab all the dimples first, then a thin-nap (1/4" or thinner--maybe a foam roller) to roll the entire wall. Apply several light coats so you aren't squeezing paint out into the dimples.

This would also be a good use case for a sprayer. Either a rented commercial sprayer or an inexpensive airless should do.

  • I was think a sprayer also but holes can be tough so the sponge brush might be needed also.
    – Ed Beal
    Feb 14, 2019 at 14:12
  • Sure. Feel free to leave the question open so it attracts other answers.
    – isherwood
    Feb 14, 2019 at 14:47

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