I have a 750 sq ft ceiling that I really DON'T want to texture, but having a bad back and neck (and REALLY hating that overhead sanding!), I need to know...would it be better to prime it and see how it looks first before texturing? I did a pretty durn good job of taping and mudding, but my husband is a crap sander and I know every little imperfection will show on a flat ceiling (it's a well-lit room, too) I'm tired of the fighting, I say he didn't sand well enough, he gets mad...and on it goes! LOL And can I mix primer with the drywall mud to thin it? Would it take the paint better that way?
You may want to sponge the tape joints to smooth them out some more and there is less dust than sanding. Then you will need to prime the entire area with a latex drwall primer, and then you will be able to see the areas that will need to be pointed up before you start painting. The finish paint should be one made just for ceilings as they dry flatter and show up the defects less. If you decide to texture you will still need to prime it and then you can mix a gallon of flat latex paint with a 5 gallon bucket of drywall mud to use for your texture as this will make it dry harder. Happy painting.
Thanks! I planned on getting this miserable job done this weekend and have both my daughters recruited to help (I did it the Army way....told them, "I need a couple of volunteers...you, and you!") LOL They like to paint anyway. I was told that I could wet sand the initial coats of mud, but would have to dry sand the final coat? This true?