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I did tape the worst crack, a stress crack above the door. When I started painting the primer, I noticed the crack showing through again - I have sanded and coated and sanded about 4 times over that crack, so I'm just leaving it at this point. (I know, not the best solution, but it's what I'm doing). The other cracks were really small, and the joint compound that I used will suffice.

I bought the Kilz from Home Depot and Lowe's and bought the paint from Sherwin Williams. I guess they'd tint the primer if I took it to them, but it just seemed a bit too much trouble. Since the paint color is a medium tone, it will probably be ok.

About the number of coats: are you saying that you'd probably use 2 coats of paint regardless of the # of coats of primer? What if I did 2 coats of primer, would one coat of paint be enough in that situation? Especially for the trim work, I'd rather not have to do all of it twice if possible, but I'm open to advice and experience of others.

I read somewhere else that since Kilz is designed to make paint adhere, it has a slight stickiness to it, so it's best to get the paint over it as soon as possible, or it could attract dust. Is that true, in your experience?

I've been using a 5 gallon bucket, and a small paint cup for a brush, and it just seems as if the paint is drying out quickly and getting gummy. Maybe it's partly the weather, it's been dry and fairly warm outside. I'll try to keep it closed up better.

I have learned the freezer trick and LOVE IT! Especially since there's nothing else in the freezer at this house, it works so well. I also read a tip about using fabric softener and Dawn on the paint brushes, and plan on giving that a try.

Thanks for the tips, it feels good just to be finally getting to the painting part. You're right about the instant gratification of seeing the cleaned up walls.

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