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Painting

Discussion in 'Homeowners Corner' started by Wick, Mar 10, 2003.

  1. Wick

    Wick New Member

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    My wife and I are building in the Southern Walk area. Our house is expected to be done July/August. We have talked about painting some rooms prior to moving our furniture to the house. However, upon talking with a friend, he suggested that we wait a year to paint to let the house/drywall settle (he also recommended that we wait to hang pictures).

    Has anyone painted some rooms right away? What has been your experience? Any comments would be appreciated.

    Thanks.
  2. pauleyc

    pauleyc Member

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    Wick,

    Yes, it is likely that you house will settle and you may experience cracks or nail pops (although it is supposed to be screw/glue which is supposed to prevent that). However, I wouldn't let it keep you from painting. Only exception is items which will be fixed after your walk through. If they have to fix anything, they (VM) will not be responsible for painting it "your" color, only the standard color. You will then have to come back and touch it up. This also goes for your 6month inspection (or is it 1yr?). btw - flat paint and light colors are easier to touch up, so darker, more durable surfaces may require you to repaint an entire section.

    I'm also building in Southern Walk (due in May/June) and plan to paint as well ;)
  3. hornerjo

    hornerjo Senior Member

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    I'd paint it before moving in if I were you. Painting around furniture is not fun. You will have settlement cracks no matter what in new construction for several years after building. The walls (at least in my place) are all fine anyhow, only the corners and baseboard areas get small cracks which are easily fixed.

    John
  4. Dawne

    Dawne HOAB Sec-Treas/Tech Comm

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    Let me know if any of you hire a pro for the painting. I've done several of the small rooms, but really need a pro to reach the ceiling and walls in the two story foyer...plus...it's too much work!

    Open to recommendations/referrals for a good painting company.

    Thanks!
    Dawne
  5. cooptone02

    cooptone02 New Member

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    We have a painter who does a great job and won't require you buy a particular paint. He doesn't speak english well, but he's a hard worker and will give you a fair price. His name is Ramon A. Rivera (Rivera's Painting) and he may be reached at home (301) 362-1955 or cell (240) 372-7713. He's based in Maryland but does the majority of his work in Northern VA. Prices will be best with flat paint. You can tell him the Coopers in Overland Park referred you as he painted nearly our entire house this past December. Everything looks amazing including our two-story foyer.

  6. Mr. Linux

    Mr. Linux Senior Member & Moderator Staff Member

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    Wick,

    My recommendation is go ahead and paint, but DO NOT WALLPAPER anything. Wallpaper in a house that is 'settling' is a mess!
  7. Nwfdrool

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    We are noticing nail pops within our walls. Anyone know how those get fixed? I've been wanting to paint our walls as well, but wasn't sure what VM would need to do exactly to fix those.
  8. Homer Simpson

    Homer Simpson New Member

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    You fix nail pops by hammering in the nail with a nail set, then plastering over the hole and painting. It doesn't take long unless it's 14 ft up!
  9. mattf

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    does anyone have any experience with ralph lauren river rock paint? I attempted to paint my living room with that paint, and it turned out horrible. streaks everywhere, and ive gone thru 3 coats, and lots of paint, and it doesnt look any better. If anyone has any ideas, im open to suggestions =)
  10. pauleyc

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    A good friend of mine did the same and had similar problems. Send a copy of your receipts to the company along with a letter of compliant and they will refund you (my friend got his refund). This paint is crap! I know a couple of people that did the suede and had good results, but the river rock sucks!

    btw - In general, using this type of paint isn't good practice b/c its textured and you will have difficulty covering it if you want to change it, which at some point you will. I have avoided all paint with texture. Try a faux finish with VERY similar colors to get a texture effect without the permanent results.

    Good luck. Let me know if you have problems finding the address.
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    ronrobey New Member

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    To fix nail pops, I prefer to remove the old nail and use screws. A little spackle, sanding and paint and it's a permanent fix.

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