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#1 posted 04-07-2010 09:54 PM

Flat white paint reflects more light then semi-gloss or gloss paint. But semi-gloss and gloss wear a lot better and clean up is much easier. I also plan to paint my shop this summer. The walls are sheeted with oxboard and the lid is Sheetrock. I don’t plan to paint the ceiling so there will be no need mask or remove air and electrical lines.

I will move all my equipment and everything else I can to the center of the shop. Then clear the walls and stack what I can on top of the stuff in the center of the shop. Everything else will be moved outside or into the garage.

To make masking the ceiling easier there are folded plastic sheets available in small rolls about 6” wide and 25” or better long with masking tape already attached. You can mask along an edge with this then fold out the plastic to 3’ or 8’ in width depending on what width you feel you need. I plan to use 3’ rolls all around the top of my ceiling (where the walls meet it) then pin it to the ceiling with small pieces of blue tape. Blue masking tape has less glue on it and will not pull other paint or drywall paper off as bad as regular masking tape will. This will give me a 3’ shield (masked area) all around the ceilings perimeter. The built in work benches will be masked next except the legs which I also want primed. I will then mask the exposed concrete slab with plastic sheets and toss a couple of wide sheets over the large pile of gear in the center of the shop.

I plan to spray all of the walls and cabinets with two coats (probably three) of Kilz brand primer/sealer, stain blocker. Wal-mart also has a brand that used to be a lot cheaper then Kilz but now costs almost as much. It’s probably the same stuff with a different label. Oil base covers the best and is much more durable then water base latex. Latex works ok and is a lot easier to use then oil base. It’s always a trade off. I won’t decide what I am going to use until I purchase it. I often go with oil base because of the much superior durability but you also have to use thinner to clean up after which adds time and expense to the job. Drying time between oil base coats is also longer.

After several coats of the flat off-white is applied and dry I will may or may not spray a coat of semi-gloss paint over it. I will then go back in pull the masking and paint a couple of coats of trim paint on whatever it is I want to detail out. This is where gloss or semi-gloss helps a bunch. Door and window casing, window sills and doors themselves all get a coat or two of paint with gloss. Wherever extra wear and finger prints will be.

The amount of reflected light off of the painted surfaces will triple (or better) after you paint.

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