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    Workshop Walls Paint

    Mud & tape will be done on my workshop walls this week so I'm getting ready to paint. I'm thinking the walls & ceiling will be all one color (off white) to make it easy. Does one coat of primer and one coat of paint sound right? Flat or semi-gloss?
    "If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably a wise investment."

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    Rob, I would not use flat as the fine dust seems to stick to the wall more. I am looking at repainting my own shop and am going to look at eggshell or semi.

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    In both my woodworking sheds I have used high gloss white on the walls and the ceilings in order to reflect as much natural light as possible. I also have skylights in both of them.
    Cheers, Frank

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    I got gloss in mine.
    "Thereís a lot of work being done today that doesnít have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesnít have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
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    I can't think of a reason to ever put more than one coat of primer on a wall. The point of the primer is not to adequately cover the surface itself -- rather to facilitate the top coats (presumably paint) ability to cover.

    Personally, I wouldn't use gloss but I would use a satin or eggshell.

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    I put gloss white on my ceiling, left my walls alone as they are plywood and figured less dust and when I bang them with a board, it won't show as much!
    Jon

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    White, White, White...

    It reflect light. I never felt better than when I painted all of my concrete block white. It just made it feel like something besides a basement.

    Semi-gloss would be my recommendation.

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    Good advice all the way around here. I went a slightly different direction, though. I painted the ceiling in my addition only with Kilz primer, so it's basically a flat white - not planning to get fancy - this is a shop. My walls are lauan paneling for the bottom 4' with 4' of white pegboard above it. The white pegboard improves the light level as well as providing lots of area to hang stuff.
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    I used drywall primer on my drywall and OSB panels. Painted semi-gloss white; brutal, typerwriter white.
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    For those of you who recommended white, I give you white (actually Ivory Palace):

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    In case you're wondering where my tools are, meet my temporary storage area:

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    "If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably a wise investment."

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