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Question DetailsAsked on 6/19/2011

Painting drywall in the garage

I would like to paint the drywall in my garage. The drywall is a tan color, and has never been painted. How should I go about this project, from cleaning the walls to painting the walls. Thank you for your help.

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To clean the drywall, you probably need to start by giving it a quick dusting. Get as much dust and debris out of the area, then take a cap full of laundry detergent, mix it in a 5 gallon bucket of water and use an old shirt or towel to wipe down the walls. When they’re dry, go ahead and prime and paint.

Answered 9 years ago by Angie's List


Ifyou paint over the surface as is, painting over dust or dirt is never a good idea andusually ends up with peeling paint down the road. If you use household cleanersyou are taking a chance because many of them will react with the paint andcause peeling. The best product to use is Mex, or Dirtex and then wash withclean water. Both of these products are designed for a pre-wash for painting.You must wait 48 hours prior to applying paint because if you paint overmoisture it will cause peeling. I have been in the painting business for over30 years; if you have any additional questions please feel free to send them tome. Scott from


Answered 9 years ago by Scott Painting


How refreshing; good answer. The key factor in Dirtex - leaves no residue (and cleans well).
One point, tan is not natural for bare drywall in good condition. After cleaning and dry-time, paint a patch and wait a day to check for bleed thru. It could be age or it could be cigarette tar, insecticide or some other residue. If the tan bleeds through, paint the walls tan or prime with alkyd primer.

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