primer for a new drywall

millieonAugust 31, 2006


Do you need two coats of a primer for the new drywall in the basement? My son is doing his also and he bought Behrs which one coat is required according to the instructions.

My drywall is not taped yet but just would like to know which primer would you recommend.



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Any primer for new drywall will suffice. Keep applying it until the drywall no longer absorbs. More than 2 coats could be necessary. Much cheaper than paint and necessary for assuring a nice final coat. BTW - primer can be tinted to color match the final color too.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2006 at 8:23AM
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Thank you for responding much appreciated.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2006 at 6:30PM
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When we replaced the paneling with drywall in our bedroom we used Benjamin Moore primer and paint. We did one coat with a tinted primer and one coat of paint. The tinted primer really makes a difference. We previously had replaced the paneling in the boys room. I used white primer. It took two coats of primer to cover the drywall and it took two coats of paint to cover the primer. White is hard to work with. I will be using a tinted primer when the basement is complete.

    Bookmark   September 4, 2006 at 10:21AM
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I just spent the last three weeks painting our basement. One coat of primer and two coats of the final color. We used 3 different primers (15 gallon). The best of the three was called 1st Step and came from Lowes. When dried it looked like a final coat. No see thru at all. It also wasn't so thin that it ran down the brush when I edged like the other two - Behr and Benjamin Moore. Good Luck!

    Bookmark   September 9, 2006 at 8:59PM
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