As we have been working on our home, Gary and I have learned a lot – especially what not to do in regards to some of the things our builder did in the house.
Here’s a big one – the builder never primed the walls before painting.
Here’s what happens when you don’t prime:
The interesting thing is that this house is over 30 years old and apparently the walls held up just fine for those 30 years without being primed. BUT… this was a rental house before. The owners did the basics to maintain it (and sometimes not even that), so there weren’t a lot of layers of paint on the walls (2 from what I can tell).
So if you want to take a short cut and just paint bare drywall without priming, it will hold up for a while. But then some poor soul comes along and decides to open up the wall (to put in a window, move an outlet, put in a medicine cabinet, etc.). The minute they cut into that layer of paint and introduce some air under it, the paint will want to peel away.
And there’s no stopping it.
I was that poor soul when we put in the extra window in the master bedroom. The paint peeled away in sheets – large and small – everywhere except where they had used mud over the screws or seams. Once the paint starts peeling in large sections, you just need to peel off the whole wall because you’ll never sand it smooth enough to make it not noticeable.
I used a scraper to get all of the paint and it took almost 2 hours to get everything off, but I ended up with a smooth base for my primer.
After TWO coats of primer, we got our paint on, and I can assure you, the future owners of this home will not be peeling blue paint off the walls.