Drywall is a construction material that is used to build ceilings, room dividers, and walls. Builders prefer using drywall panels for its many benefits, including being resistant to fire, moisture damage, and termites. You could spot drywall panels in a lot of modern Filipino homes, offices, and other buildings today.

Drywalls used for ceiling and walls

Despite its prevalence, some people still don’t know how to properly paint it. One common misconception that people have about painting drywall surfaces is that they confuse drywall with plywood, so they just assume they could coat it with wood paint. However, drywall surfaces are not made from wood. Choosing the right paint for drywall surfaces can be tricky. That’s why we sat down with Boysen paint experts to list down everything you need to know before painting drywall surfaces. This serves as an added guide for DIY painters or novice painters out there.

How to Prepare Drywall Surfaces for (Re) Painting

For new drywall surfaces, you have to reach out to a construction professional so they could install the drywall panels for you. Drywall manufacturers often recommend a paint type and installation process for a specific type of board depending on whether it’s for interior or exterior use. Pros can help you set up drywall panels properly. They can also effectively hide joints and prevent cracks on the surface. These are the things that you have to consider in the preparation process before proceeding with the actual painting. You can attempt to cover minor imperfections or cracks by following the proper paint system but the paint can only do so much.

Checklist for Surface preparation on drywalls

When it’s been successfully prepped and the joints have been secured, sand the surface lightly to get a smooth finish and to help the paint to adhere better on the surface. Wipe the surface with a clean rag to remove dust particles.

On the other hand, if you’re repainting your wall or ceiling made from drywall. Check the condition of the surface first. Sometimes the damage is so severe that instead of repainting, you need to replace them. If it’s still in good condition, clean the drywall surfaces using a clean damp rag. Scrape off all the loose, scaling, peeling, or flaking paint. After that, lightly sand the surface to ensure an even finish.  Then, wipe off sanding dust particles before applying the primer on bare surfaces.

Boysen Topcoat for Drywall Surfaces

After surface preparation, you can finally finish your painting job with two coats of a reliable topcoat. In general, our experts recommend that you use our water-based paints like Boysen Permatex, Boysen DECORe Classic, Boysen DECORe Perlescente, Boysen Healthy Home, and Virtuoso for interior drywall surfaces. You can also apply Boysen Permacoat Latex and Boysen Bug Off for interior and exterior use.

Boysen Topcoats for Interior Use

Topcoat for interior and exterior

Painting drywall surfaces can be challenging because different types of drywall surfaces have a specific paint requirement. Our lines are open if you have any questions about painting drywall surfaces. We love to help you achieve your painting goals. Consult with a Boysen paint expert now! Give us a call at (02) 363-9738 local 417 to 418 during office hours or write us an email at ask@myboysen.com.

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Yasmin Aguila is a copywriter at Boysen Paints Philippines. Interested in making paints fun and relatable, she produces quizzes and painting ideas for this blog. She claims that she is obsessed with yellow, but she always dresses in black from head to toe.


  1. Kite Catibog Reply

    Can you give me a list of
    the exact paint code for primer, and topcoat for the drywall?

    • For drywalls, water-based paints like BOYSEN Permacoat Latex are usually used. This involves the application of 1 coat BOYSEN Permacoat Flat Latex B-701 White as primer and then 2 coats of BOYSEN Permacoat Latex (any sheen and color) as topcoat.

      Click here for products details, instructions and some standard colors available under BOYSEN Permacoat Latex: https://bit.ly/2DQnVzo.

      Please refer to email sent directly to you on July 12. If you have more questions, kindly write directly to ask@myboysen.com.

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  3. simjun alegre Reply

    sir ano po ang gagamitin na putty pang masilya sa kisame na plywood at ang pintura na gagamitin. salamat po

    • Para sa iyong kisameng plywood, pwede kang gumamit ng BOYSEN Flatwall Enamel. Please see below para sa Surface Preparation at Painting Instructions.

      Surface to be painted should be clean and dry, free from dust, dirt, and other foreign matter. Hammer all nails deep enough to apply putty. Sand rough wood until smooth and then dust off before painting.

      For repainting, scrape off all loose, scaling, flaking, and peeling paint manually or by using BOYSEN Paint and Varnish Remover B-141, as necessary. Wash surfaces clean and completely remove chemical residue. Let it dry. Prime with BOYSEN Flatwall Enamel B-800 before recoating.


      Primer: BOYSEN Flatwall Enamel B-800
      Putty: BOYSEN Plasolux Glazing Putty B-311
      2nd & 3rd coat: BOYSEN Flatwall Enamel B-800

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