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Forum topic by Grinder posted 01-23-2011 07:02 PM 1403 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-23-2011 07:02 PM

Has anyone any thoughts on types of paint for the shop. I want to paint it all white inside and was wondering if I should use a ceiling paint that is non-reflective on all surfaces, or a flat white eggshell, or maybe a semi gloss. Just wondering what some others might have used. Thanks for your time.

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#1 posted 01-23-2011 07:05 PM

I painted mine (walls and ceiling) with Kilz primer, then 2 coats of white, semi-gloss latex … the same stuff you would use in a kitchen or bath.


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#2 posted 01-23-2011 07:08 PM

I have plywood on part of my interior walls and brick on part of them. I didn’t paint the brick but I painted the plywood with exterior primer coat and exterior latex. However, I’m certainly no expert but I like it. It does make the shop brighter and reflects light well.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 01-23-2011 08:06 PM

Mine is not painted but last year i put up two sheets of peg board that are white and now i keep trying to turn the lights off when they are not on…good thing

I would go with the semi gloss….....has anyone ever posted that there shop was tooo bright?


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#4 posted 01-23-2011 08:10 PM

Semi gloss or gloss they stay cleaner, are easier to clean and more moisture resitant. Latex is fine.

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#5 posted 01-23-2011 08:14 PM

wal-mart has ‘high hide’
maintenance paint
in white and off white
semi gloss or flat
i use the semi gloss
as it is washable

and for $50 for 5 gallons
it cant be beat

i lay it on thick
and don’t use a primer

haven’t had any problems with it
in 11 years

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 01-23-2011 10:52 PM

Thanks for all the feedback. I used that Kilz Primer to start with,(excellent stuff) and will have a look at Wal-Mart and check out that “high hide”.

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#7 posted 01-24-2011 07:27 AM

I painted everything that doesnt move with high gloss white,including the ceiling.This was a big improvement over the flat whit it used to be.The dust doesnt stick and it looks like I added more lighting.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 01-24-2011 07:20 PM

My shop is a two car garage. this weekend I put down flooring, and am now back to organizing, again! I dont think it ever really stops. Focusing on work-flow and layout. I enjoy all that almost as much as firing up the equipment. And after all the cleaning this weekend, I almost hate to generate more sawdust right now, it looks too darn nice!

My next steps are to insulate, drywall, then paint. I have been thinking of doing a really light (and i mean really light) grey/blue color. Basically a white but with a little color. Note this “room” funtions as more than just the shop, its the man cave, hangout room, etc.

Is going non-white just a bad idea? I have a lot of light in the shop, and natural light as well…...

-- "If you are not prepared to be wrong, you will never come up with anything original." - Sir Ken Robinson

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#9 posted 01-24-2011 08:06 PM

JJ—I don’t see a problem with adding a little color … you’re the one that will be working in there, so it needs to suit your needs and tastes.

The only reason I like the high-white semi-gloss in my garage/shop is for light and the fact that gloss and semi-gloss are easier to keep clean.


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#10 posted 01-24-2011 08:36 PM

What surfaces are you painting? Sheetrock, block, concrete, plywood? Basement or garage? If you want to paint block or concrete I’d use a cement based (cementitious) paint like Thoroseal.

Be careful with the original non-water based Kilz. Yes it does works very well, but it will make you “paint drunk” and sick faster than anything outside a body shop. Good ventilation is a priority. Seeing spots and falling off your ladder is not fun – trust me on this one. -Jack

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