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Question DetailsAsked on 10/22/2016

I've hired someone to paint my ceilings, should he fix nails popping out as part of the job

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Certainly they should be taken care of before painting - some painters will do this for an extra charge, others say get a handyman or drywall contractor to do it before they come to paint.

Just driving the nail back in is NOT a solutiuon - it will just work back out again, commonly in a year or less. Pulling it (without drywall damage) and replacing with a properly recessed cad-plated or stainless screw (because popouts are commonly due to significant moisture changes in the wood, like in top floor ceilings with attic above) is the right solution - then joint compound or plaster as applicable to repair the hole, and sanding and priming before the ceiling is repainted.

This is NOT an inherent part of a painting job - has to be added as an extra (and commonly is), at extra charge - though just a very small number most painters will do as part of their prep - along with pin and nail holes and such. Many painters will do a limited number - but if you are talking dozens many will say get it done first.

Clarify in the contract, if someone else is doing it, exactly who is doing what - normally the person fixing the popouts replaces the fastener (which may cause more adjacent popouts if the sheeet is hanging loose because of the popouts), patches the damaged areas, sands or textures them as applicable. The priming in particular needs to be specified as to who does it (and brand/type of primer), because whoever does it has another trip - the popout repair guy if he has to come back after the plastear repair is cured to finish sand and do it, or the painter has to finish sand and prime it when he first comes after the plaster repair is done and fully cured (which commonly means a delay of 2-4 days BTW), then come back another day for the finish painting.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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