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Prepping new ceiling for painting

Posted by brede (My Page) on
Wed, Sep 8, 10 at 22:05

We just had the popcorn ceiling in our kitchen/family room removed. Instead of taking the old popcorn down via the "wet method" the workers instead scraped it dry and then applied three skim coats of drywall mud (with some light sanding).

The ceiling looks great and we're now ready to prime and paint. They told us that the generic Swiffer-type floor cloths (bought at the Dollar store) are good at removing any sanding dust on the ceiling, but do we need to do any other special prep before applying the primer?

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RE: Prepping new ceiling for painting

Just prime with drywall primer and then paint. It might take a couple of coats of primer to get a good coverage.

You will find it easiest if you have a roller with a handle so you aren't climbing ladders all day. Paint the edges with a brush so you have a good 3 to 4-inch edge painted, feathering out into the room area.

The person doing the rolling has a much easier time painting if they aren't trying to get real close to the walls.

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