Spackle showing through high gloss paint, PLEASE help!

nik211February 12, 2013

My hubby and I did a DIY board and batten in our office/playroom. We have orange peel so we used 1/4 inch panel board (looks like dry erase) for the paneling and mdf for the battens. We spackled seams and nail holes with joint compound then sanded and primed. Then we spackled again, sanded and primed again. I was worried we would see marks on the walls in certain areas we spackled but my husband said it should be fine because it felt smooth to the touch. We assumed the paint would cover it. We painted 1 coat so far (in the same high gloss that is on our doors) and you can see right through the paint and can clearly see the spackle! It is really bad when the sunlight hits a certain way but at night with just the light on the walls actually looks fine. Obviously this needs to look good not just at night, lol, but the severity of how it looks depends on the lighting.

What did we do wrong? How do we fix it? Can we fix it? Will more coats of paint help? My husband thinks maybe he should just skim coat the entire space between each set of battens - but that would be a TON of extra work.

Any suggestions? Thank you!

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The compound is porous and has absorbed more of the paint than the other areas. People prime first to even the field before painting but newer premium paints work better to eliminate that step to avoid what's called flashing. Always ask, research or test under various lighting conditions first as it depends. Probably safer and easier to just prime.

(I did try not priming a good sized patch, using BM Aura Matte paint, and cannot see it. I simply applied another coat of the Aura over, but it might take two in some cases. Holds up to grazing with a light but this area does not see the light of day!
I was surprised but it worked well on a wall that already had two coats of fresh paint.

Why did you use drywall compound on seams and nail holes? Caulk is used for seams (get a high quality flex elastomeric like Dynaflex 230 or BM Crown & Trim to reduce the potential for cracking). Wood filler is used for nail holes.

There are some differences to working with MDF rather than wood but I don't know what they are.

    Bookmark   February 12, 2013 at 12:44PM
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