Welk and Sons is often asked about how to paint drywall once we have appropriately prepared new gypsum board surfaces.
Here are our recommendations for painting new drywall depending on your decorating preferences and the location conditions of the area to be painted.
After the drywall stage of your project is complete, you will need to apply one coat of a primer before you paint. This will seal up all the mud work and make your paint coats adhere better.
Normally a 1/2-inch nap roller cover is used for flat walls and a 3/4-inch nap size is used to paint walls and ceilings with a texture such as knockdown.
Not sure how or not ready to decorate
Apply one coat of drywall primer according to manufacturer instructions for surfaces you plan to paint.
Apply one coat of wall covering primer according to manufacturer instructions for surfaces you plan to wallpaper or similarly cover.
Minimum decorative coverage
Apply one topcoat of paint, according to the manufacturers instructions, formulated for appearance and/or environmental resistance. You may not achieve a uniform appearance, color or sheen but it will help hide any defects in the drywall and provide decorative appeal.
Smooth or lightly textured surfaces with low to moderate lighting
Apply one coat of drywall primer as well as one topcoat of paint according to manufacturer instructions.
Best paint finish in high levels of natural or artificial light
Apply one coat of drywall primer as well as two separate topcoats of paint according to manufacturer instructions. This method will provide the most uniform final finish.