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I'm going to be painting my garage walls this weekend as part of a project to turn it into a home gym.

As I'm working on the walls, I noticed a lot of nails that are halfway in.

Is this on purpose? Should I pull them out? Or hammer them in? Or leave as is?

Home was built in the 70's. We moved in two years ago.

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    One of the things I do to every new dwelling I occupy is a purge of odd hanging hardware (because I like to start fresh and because they're a danger to my eyeballs and shoulders). One old garage I owned must've had 500 nails, screws, hooks, and other whatnot stuck everywhere. It's an afternoon project!
    – isherwood
    Sep 4 '20 at 19:35
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People were using them to secure things or hang things on. They serve no purpose. I would just pull them out since hammering them in probably will not be that easy. You might want to get a small board to press against so you do no damage drywall.

Also FYI I do not think the drywall that is currently on there is going to take pain - even primer - that well.

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    Why not? And what do you suggest I do?
    – Y L
    Sep 4 '20 at 22:12
  • @YL - There were two types of drywall openly used in the US (sorry I don't know their official names) that people used in the late 60s - late 80s for garages. Neither has a "face" on it to paint - one is a dull yellowish brown and you have the shiny type. Neither holds paint well at all. I would test a small area with a good primer. You might need to try an oil based primer too. But test the primer out before you commit to it, as I am not sure you are going to get much to hold to it well- it will look like it is painting it but the brown will show through as the paint doesn't bind.
    – DMoore
    Sep 5 '20 at 3:24
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    You might have some luck with Zinsser BIN as a primer.
    – Z4-tier
    Sep 5 '20 at 13:57
  • I recently painted my garage that looked exactly like that. I used a Sherwin-Williams “sealing” primer and it worked just fine. Though, I did need to spray on some shellac in a few stained locations. Sep 5 '20 at 16:28
  • Deglosser might work - I think I've used "Klean-Strip 1 qt. Liquid Sandpaper Cleaner & Deglosser". You paint it on, and then paint over it. Sep 5 '20 at 16:51
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They look like nails used as simple hangers. The ones in the corners are clearly driven into studs.

These can be removed without issue.

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