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How long should repainting an apartment take? Tips for good ways to do it?

Asked by zina (1650points) December 7th, 2006
Moving, so we've got to get it all white. It's a studio apartment - two medium rooms, small bathroom, hallway, closets. We painted some bold colors and dark colors (turquoise, yellow, brown, red, etc), so we're guessing it'll be more than one coat. But how many? How long will they take to dry? Should we use primer? Where's a cheap spot in SF to buy paint? Anything we should NOT do?
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andrew's avatar
I think primer is pretty much just white paint, so just throw on 3 or 4 coats of it.
andrew's avatar
Make sure you tarp your floors.
ben's avatar
The trick is to do a good job taping the walls
andrew's avatar
And I think rollers work best to get it on there.
ben's avatar
And better quality paint does work better, though if you're moving out, I can see how this might be unappealing
zina's avatar
How long to dry between coats? I've heard wait 2 days.
zina's avatar
I could care less about the paint quality. It looked like CRAP when we got here.
andrew's avatar
Throw in some fans and I think you could do 1 day.
andrew's avatar
But that's just a guess.
zina's avatar
They're totally losing out by having us repaint it.
zina's avatar
mmmm really>
ben's avatar
I think you could paint a small apartment in three full days
andrew's avatar
Just try and spend the least amount you can... because you know you landlord/lady will be skimping on the ol' security deposit.
zina's avatar
it took us several days to paint it the first time, but then we were picking colors and everything - but it was also only one coat
andrew's avatar
You may need 3 coats to get it back to white. :-\
nomtastic's avatar
check with the tenants' union (if in sf) because this may not be your responsibility -- the landlord/lady can't hold your security deposit as a threat.
imagine401's avatar
We painted our living room and dining room in one day--- use Behr paint, and you might not need more than one coat-- two at most, for dark colors
imagine401's avatar
We let the dark color dry for one day
peggylou's avatar
Latex paint--I think a day is fine.
MissA's avatar

Primer has a gluey adherence to it. Makes the next coat really stick. Good luck…I hate painting, but I love designing.

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