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post #1 of 8 Old 12-15-2001, 06:35 PM - Thread Starter
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I'm gonna go ahead and do the DIY drywall HT screen..
Can I just skip the primer and go straight for the paint???

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Hey, anybody?

I want to know if I have to use primer before I paint my DIY drywall/sheetrock screen?

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A primer will make the sheetrock less thristy for paint. It should allow a more uniform application of the paint.

However, I have never made a sheetrock screen so this is not a defentitve answser.
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Maybe you can email Vern and ask him. He has a large sheetrock screen:

http://webpages.charter.net/tvdias/
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use primer...

It really works to coat the drywall and you end up with a much better top coat.

The drywall is very "dry" ... and thus the primer is like a moisture barrier... the paint sticks to the dry wall, and does not soak into the dry wall.

Why drywall? What about some of the other "cheap screens" mentioned here? What made you decide drywall?

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Do you "need" primer?? No.
Will it make your "screen" smoother and show a more detailed picture?? Yes.

I used two coats of primer on my screen of blackout material and then two coats of paint. I have read threads stating that people have used two coats of primer and four coats of paint.

Also, be sure to use a roller that is used for smooth or extra smooth finishes. If you want to be REAL anal, use a new roller for each coat to maximize smoothness.
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If you want to be real anal you could sand your primer layer. :D (note: this is half serious, if you are up to the work a 400 and 600 grit sanding could give you good results) Smooooth is good!

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If you do sand the primer, be very careful not to sand into the surface of the drywall. It has a heavy paperlike surface and once you scuff it up, you're "screwed" in that spot....will always be a little rough there, and you can't sand or paint it out easily.
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