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06:55AM | 11/05/03
Member Since: 11/04/03
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I am planning to paint the ceiling in my basement . It is currently exposed joists ,pipes ,electrical wires , heat ducts and a real eyesore. Could I make this a disaster? I know that I need to avoid electrical outlets , shutoffs , fixtures but is there anything else I should not paint over? I know I'll need to keep window and door open for ventilation, avoid overspray on furnace , vacuum area of ceiling and will use water based primer ( binz123) and satin top coats. Is there anything I really should watch out for ? If anyone has any experience with this and is willing to share I'd appreciate the advice. Thanks!


01:22AM | 11/07/03
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
If you have a furnace or hot water heater with a pilot light you should turn them off while you are painting.

I take it that this is a wood ceiling in the basement and as such you may want to try the Zinsser 123 acrylic primer on several spots to make sure you do not have any bleed through from the wood as sometimes this old wood can do this. If you do have bleed through you will have to use an oil based primer such as zinsser cover stain to hold it back.

It sound like you have it down on what you cover up an dwhat not to paint.

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