Asked on May 4, 2012

Paint help.

Peace Painting Co., Inc.Carolyn SWoodbridge Environmental


Builder painted. The job was so awful we repainted immediately upon moving in. The painting company had all sorts of problems. Apparently the builder didn't prime and the sheetrock has no texture - so builder paint went directly onto the sheetrock. The tapers were bad and left taping lines - so paint looks both bad because it was ugly and bad sheetrocking/taping. We had the builder repaint several times and still ugly. We thought it was a really bad painter.
The problem(s):
1: The walls are not straight. What we thought was paint lines are actually crooked walls and sheetrock & taper lines and blobs.
2: The new paint job easily peels off the wall taking the builder's paint with it. So the spot is bare sheetrock.
Help: How do I fix a paint hole? And what can we do to hide "wavy wall syndrome"?
3 answers
  • Wow, to fix any hole in the paint you must build up the surface with either more paint, or perhaps Spackle. A good sanding of the surface is in order here. You will find most likely that the older paint is not adhering to the layers underneath because of the type of finish or type of paint used. If oil was used, which I doubt if the builder cut corners, the surface was not properly prepped to take a water base latex paint. If latex paint was used for first coat or so, it may have had a sheen type finish, Glossy, or even a satin finish can be smooth enough to prevent new top coats from properly adhering. So you need to sand. To help hide wavy walls or uneven surfaces or poor tape job, a flat finish is what is in order. But in any case, fix any paint holes by building up with several coats of paint, or Spackle the hole, sand and when the wall is clean, re-prime the entire surface followed by a good one or two coats of finish paint.

  • Carolyn S
    on May 4, 2012

    Thanks. I'll plan on spackling, etc. the builder used flat latex paint - they spayed it on, the painters had never heard of the brand of paint. The weather was a bit cool when they sprayed, so don't know if it was really thinned out - kinda silly we thought the lines were roller marks. DUH! The front of the picture frame leaning against the wall - pulled the paint off the wall. I cut the paint so the picture could be moved. It's been 2 weeks since the rooms were painted but - Lesson learned - don't allow anything to touch the paint. Not sure how to actually hang pictures without the lower edge removing the paint.

    • Kathy
      on Sep 3, 2015

      @Carolyn S I feel your pain! I have the same problem. Builder grade, spray on "primer". I lived with it for 2 years, then painted. There are a lot of areas where paint peels, walls are crooked with cracks in the corner. It sounds like the 2 responses have good ideas. I'm going to try a few and see if I can make it better.

  • Peace Painting Co., Inc.
    on May 4, 2012

    You got builders grade alright. The main thing missing is that the walls were not first painted with a primer, or the paint would not be pulling off the wall down to the bare sheetrock. To make the drywall finish job look more even, roll on one or two coats of a USG or like product called 'First Coat'. This is basically paint mixed with sheetrock mud that equalizes the look of the wall so it conceals minor blemishes and inconsistencies. Then you are ready for a good quality wall flat. This will still not totally alleviate any problems due to the lack of an initial primer, but will be a very good fix. Best, Charles

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