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    Default To paint or not to paint garage/workshop walls

    I'm installing OSB over insulation in my garage workshop (sorry about picture - phone cam). I need to decide if I'm going to paint it while I have shelves/benches pulled out. I really don't mind the look of the OSB, but wonder if I could improve the "brightness" by painting the walls white or some other light color. It is a garage/workshop and it does get dirty in here.

    Wondering if others have experience with painting/not painting OSB walls. If so, I'd like to hear opinions.

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    Default Re: To paint or not to paint garage/workshop walls

    I vote YES. Do it now while everything is out of the way or you will never do it. White semi-gloss would be my choice.
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    Default Re: To paint or not to paint garage/workshop walls

    Back in 1990 I insulated the walls of my 24X36 garage with fiberglass, then nailed on 7/16 inch OSB inside. Thought about painting, but now 20 years later shelving, workbenches, storage etc. covers about 65% of the walls, and the remainder has tools and other stuff on racks hanging up. If you plan to do what I did, don't waste your time and money painting.
    Rather than worry about the things you want but don't have, be grateful for the things you don't want and don't have.

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    Default Re: To paint or not to paint garage/workshop walls

    I hate the look of OSB, it will turn yellow/brown over time, so I would paint it for sure.

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    Default Re: To paint or not to paint garage/workshop walls

    Quote Originally Posted by kennyd View Post
    I vote YES. Do it now while everything is out of the way or you will never do it. White semi-gloss would be my choice.
    X's 2.

    Does look in the photo to be on the dark side..
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    Default Re: To paint or not to paint garage/workshop walls

    I have OSB in my garage and I like it's natural look. White would make it brighter for sure, but you will see more of the dirt if painted. Not something I want to bother with.

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    X3 to avoid being in the dark

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    Default Re: To paint or not to paint garage/workshop walls

    Another advantage to painting is that it binds the fibers. Ever reach up to get a tool and get a splinter under your fingernail. Painting prevents that. If you don't want a "color" then just seal it.

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    Default Re: To paint or not to paint garage/workshop walls

    Quote Originally Posted by kennyd View Post
    I vote YES. Do it now while everything is out of the way or you will never do it. White semi-gloss would be my choice.
    X4 - and re-emphisis that if you don't do it now you probably never will.

    yeah, with time it might get a bit dingy but I've seen my garage with and without paint, and it was much brighter with the paint.

    As you can see, I left a 2' boarder on the bottom that I did with pressure treated plywood. Less dirt problems.

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    Default Re: To paint or not to paint garage/workshop walls

    Quote Originally Posted by orezok View Post
    Another advantage to painting is that it binds the fibers. Ever reach up to get a tool and get a splinter under your fingernail. Painting prevents that. If you don't want a "color" then just seal it.
    That hurts just thinking about it!!!
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