Popcorn Ceiling Painting

haldAugust 5, 2011

My home was built in 1983 and has non-asbestos popcorn ceilings. I had the popcorn removed in the vaulted living room, and my study also has a plaster look knockdown type finish, so I live with both types, and, unlike others, I like my popcorn ceilings, mainly because they make the rooms quieter. I am redoing my kitchen dining area, which has a popcorn ceiling, and have decided to paint it a color.

The ceiling was last painted 12 years ago with a premium latex flat wall paint. It has stood up extremely well, so I'll probably use the same brand, etc.

Do I need to use a primer before applying colors? Or is the previous coat of white latex wall paint sufficient? It is in good condition and reasonably clean.

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Christopher Nelson Wallcovering and Painting

You should be good to go.I say should, you will not know until you start to paint. Use at least a 1 inch nap roller and roll only once lightly to see what happens. If it is actually sealed, you are good to go.If not, well then you have problems.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2011 at 7:18AM
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You want to be careful how many coats you put on an acoustic,(popcorn) ceiling. Most dont recommend going beyond one painting. Your best bet would be to spray on a light coat nothing too heavy. Unless you have staining, priming shouldn't be necessary in this case contrary to paint applications that almost always should be primed on a re-paint. You just dont want the extra coat,( primer) on an acoustic lid.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2011 at 4:22PM
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