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How to Plan for Porous Surfaces

Updated: Oct 1, 2022

Our most recent job site reminded us of something important: new builds, whether residential or condominium, have a very thin base layer of paint on their walls. What does this mean?

It means that paint will be quickly absorbed into the substrate (i.e. surface) you're working on. If you've ever worked with new drywall before, the first prime coat will massively absorb the paint you've just put, often requiring more paint than you planned for. That's ok!

If you know that you'll be encountering either new drywall, or a relatively new build contractor paint as a base layer (this scenario would normally apply if you've, in the last 4-5 years, moved into a new build and are looking to apply a new coat of paint), the solution is to plan for it. This means a few things:

  1. Look to purchase a roller with a slightly thicker sleeve. In these situations, we suggest 15mm instead of the standard 10mm. The former holds more paint and you'll be able to apply more without having to go back for more paint as frequently. We use this trick with taller walls (i.e. 10+ ft. high ceiling homes), so that you're able to roll a complete column first and not drying out halfway. The 15mm solution provides for a less patchy finish.

  2. And the other solution is to plan for both more paint and more time to spend painting. This doesn't mean going overboard and doubling up, but expect more than on a painted wall with several layers.

Happy painting!

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