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    Another thread in the DIY section got me thinking. Does nobody ever use drywall primer?

    It has its uses and I always recommend using the stuff to any clients I have. If I've been specified to only take the job up to a sanded stage before painting, why do hardly any painters and decorators apply it? I've seen some finishes ruined when a painter comes onto a contract after me, misses the primer coat, then paints a colour other than white or magnolia onto bare plasterboard walls and complains about the flashing it creates.

    Does it all come down to profits, or does nobody really give a sh!t about job satisfaction anymore because things are just so damn cut throat at the moment with this downturn in the house building industry?

    See this link describing level 1 -5 taping finishes. We dont use this in the UK but its still a good benchmark.
    http://www.nationalgypsum.com/resour...evisiting.aspx

    Maybe this just raises another question about who should be doing the priming in the first place.
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    Tape, sand, remove any surface dust, apply mist coat, then paint 2 coats as usual. Go to pub when finished, easy!
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    I recommend a drywall sealer, but to painters around here, whatever is left over the the last job is primer. My solution is to offer priming as part of my surface package. I offer texture as well, so no sense waiting for the customer to prime it. I don't particularly care about removing the dust after sanding, though one painter I worked for used to broom it off and caused a lot of dents. What works quite well for me is "back-rolling". I apply the paint with a Graco Airless sprayer, and then roll the wall to settle the nap. We use a lot of recycled paper and gypsum in our plasterboard here so the paper is a bit softer than it was even 10 years ago and it scuffs quite badly even with 150 (80u) paper on the pole sander. I don't use a power sander but i hear it's worse.
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    Drywall primer is used, so i was told by the citb (construction industry training board) to give the plasterboard an even suction for the paint, having said that its very rare that i see it used.

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    I use the BG Drywall Sealer on all my jobs. It finishes the job in my opinion.

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    i have asked customers about applying a plasterboard sealer to the newly taped plasterboard but most of them decline because they think that your trying to get more money out of them,now i dont bother unless the customer asks for it,i would usely use gyproc plasterboard sealer

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    We've had to use it the past couple of years while house bashing for Taylor-Wimpey, mainly the cost that puts most customers off. I've left that recently and gone on the books for a company. I've got about 2 dozen 101 tubs I don't want now...10 each if anyone is interested?

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    Certain builders want BG Drywall Primer/Sealer to be used, but tbh they're few and far between. I used to recommend it to customers when doing extensions etc but they baulked at the cost (50 a tub B&Q). Ended up just telling them to use White Matt/Magnolia Matt.
    I taped and sanded a kitchen and living room for a woman last week, came back with coving for the 2 rooms and she'd coated the rooms with SILK emulsion

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