09:14AM | 09/21/00
Member Since: 09/19/00
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I want to paint it because it is yellow now. I have a sprayer, but don't want to use it. At the hardware store, I was told that as long as it is the hard kind, I can paint it with a roller. Does anyone know how this works?


01:04PM | 09/21/00
I am not sure what they mean by the "hard kind", the best way would be to use your spray rig. you can roll it but don't apply too much pressure. If it is yellowing you need to prime it with a quality oil primer such as kilz, then paint when dry. Be sure to paint over the primer, some will yellow slightly with age.

Get a large napped roller, 3/4 inch, a 5 gallon bucket and a bucket screen for the roller (don't use the little trays), a wooden rolling pole can be purchased cheep. I would also get a spray soc or where a cap when rolling ceilings. You will get a little of the texture in the roller, as long as it is not a large noticable amount, then it should be ok.

What type of spray rig do you have, airless, cup gun, pressure rig?


09:06AM | 09/22/00
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
After a couple of bad experiences, I learned from professionals that some installers don't do proper preparation when spraying textured ceilings, and as a result the stuff is poorly attached to the ceiling. Then, when you try to roll thick paint on it, it comes off on the roller.
If you follow Chip's advice (above), you'll probably have no trouble. Make sure the paint is thin, not thick and sticky - even if it means doing extra coats.


12:55PM | 09/22/00
So true, some acoustics are mixed with water and sprayed on and left as is, some are mixed with paint and prayed on over a primer, thats probably what they ment as the "hard" kind, it will be better adhered. These ceilings are easily scraped off with a mist of water, that is the reason when painting the latex paint can help to loosen it and peel, and that is one more reason to use the oil primer, it won't moisten the texture and cause it to loosen. Some are just so old and flaky that will fall apart no matter what you do (with the possible exception of spraying) and almost impossible to patch, the mud will loosen it and peel, I hate those, not much of a chose then, remove and redo.

The best way and to most painters, the only way, is to spray it, hands down.

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