04:15PM | 08/13/01
Member Since: 10/03/00
15 lifetime posts
I have scraped the popcorn off my ceilings and used a putty knife to peel off the paint on my walls. (the paint on the walls came off in big sheets like wallpaper) There are lots of spots (especially the ceiling) where to putty knife dug into the ceiling.

Since the ceilings don't look too good after scraping the popcorn off it was recommended to me to trowel on compound to the ceiling to hide the imperfections. Is this necessary or is spraying an orange peel texture on ok? Should I prime before doing this? After? At all?

I plan of spraying an orange peel texture on the walls. The walls seem dirty and yellowed enough for priming. Should I prime them before or after the texture?


04:09AM | 08/17/01
Member Since: 09/01/00
312 lifetime posts
You should smooth the ceiling with compound,using a trowel if you have too many digs for a putty knife.If in doubt,prime before spraying the texture on both the ceiling and the walls although it is not always necessary.Priming keeps stains from bleeding through your finished coat as well as providing a surface that the finish coat can adhere to.


05:02AM | 08/17/01
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
I don't know what the orange peel texture is like, but I've been told by a professional that it is VERY important to prime before putting popcorn texture on ceilings. I believe there is a particular type of primer for that purpose.
I think I would prime both the walls and ceiling in any case.
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