Originally Posted by cgott42
Thanks - so I just buy the white primer http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...&storeId=10051
and ask them to tint it grey?
* How many coats of the primer do I need?
* $100k Question - What do you recommend for the top coat (see top post for color preference) to work well with a front projector?
* also re: the sureline roller - what size Nap do you recommend? and should it be thick, thin?
I just primered my entire theater tonight with the Behr Premium drywall primer/sealer. I have absolutely no regreats so far. It turned out great.
I had them tint the primer gray. The lady who works there warned me that they are only allowed to put up to 25% of the tint for the color requested in a primer. I thought that sounded strange, but after thinking about it, it makes perfect sense. They don't want you buying the cheap $12 a gallon primer and tinting it to your final color - which basically is turning it into a $35 can of paint and primer in one. I chose the darkest gray they had and it came out about as dark as the second or third gray on the card (still pretty dark).
One coat covered the new drywall with no problems and it looks very even. I rolled it with a 3/4" nap roller. The thicker roller filled in any imperfections there may have been in the drywall mud. This should be a great base coat for the black ceiling.
I had stopped by Sherwin Williams on the way home last night because a friend of mine gets a discount there. Even with the 25% discount he gets, the drywall primer was still $30 a gallon. I personally don't think I would ever be able to tell the difference from the product I used which was less than half the price.