Yeah right, Jeff? I want to hear that conversation where you tell the customer , "I can do a finish where you see every joint and every spot of compound for x amount and for another thou you won't see any?" Customers don't know a level finish from anything. They expect what they see on tv and what they see in their minds eye. Yeah, i am sure your "painter" uses a 3/8 nap and one coat of primer and calls it a day? That's what a hack does. Charge accordingly and do the work.
Carol, if you see your contractor with a pole sander, fire them immediately. Real drywall sanding is done with a vacuum connected orbital electric drywall sander. What can be wet sanded will only make the finish better and help smooth out sanding scratches and wavy compound. The entire surface should be vacuumed prior to priming. Priming is an absolute. The primer to use is called PVA. Most CONtractors don't use it because they are lazy and stupid. I prefer two coats of primer with at least a 1/2 nap roller. Even cheap paint will look good on a properly prepared wall.
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