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All About Paint

A good basecoat of paint is extremely important for any of the techniques demonstrated in this book. Never use “ceiling white” or “ceiling” paint because the paint is just too absorbent and this will cause you trouble when attempting any of the outlined techniques. Instead use a high- quality latex or acrylic paint, just as you would for your walls.

A quick way to check to see if your ceiling paint is too absorbent is to take a wet rag and wipe it on your ceiling; if the water soaks in within 30 seconds, you should apply a proper coat of paint.

When it comes to painting Boors, there are as many opinions as there are painters. The best advice to follow is that of a trusted clerk at your local paint store. New products are coming on the market as we speak and the clerk will be up to date on these new products.

Please be aware that companies are coming up with wonderful water-based products every day and most of the demonstrations shown in this book will use water-based products, except in a few cases. However, all of the demonstrations in this book can be done with a water-
based product if you just take your time.



When preparing most Boor surfaces first clean dirt, grease, and wax from the surface. Then, depending on what you are painting on the floor, you may be directed to apply a primer. Keep in mind that today some of the best primers are water-based.

A good primer should seal the surface below it and create a firm bonding film for subsequent layers of paint to follow; this is why you do not want to omit a primer coat if one is called for.

Floor paints today have made vast improvements in terms of color and durability. Some of the best products to use are the water-based variety, which are also better for you and the environment.

The question always comes up if a water-based polyurethane can be applied over oil-based stains. The answer is, yes, as long as the oil-based stain has had time to completely dry, which could take up to 30-pIus days depending on temperature and humidity.


For topcoats, choose either a water- based polyurethane or an oil-based poly urethane. Always use the right tools for the right job. The photos show the appropriate applicators for water-based and oil-based



Specialty paints for masonry and decking are also available and, yes, these come in water-based formulas and are quite good. You will be surprised at the availability of the right paint for your job.

Okay, you have decided to paint your ceiling, but it has “popcorn” texture all over it. What to do Remove it. If you are lucky, the texture has not been painted, in which case you can do one of two things:

Scrape it down with a stiff 6” (15.2 cm) drywall blade. This will not remove everything, but will “knock down” the pebbly bumps to an acceptable finish. The semi-roughness can even be a positive aesthetic element on your ceiling. Always wear protective eyewear. Before any painting takes place you will need to prime the texture material; do so with latex-based primer. If the texture is of a certain make-up, you may get very lucky and be able to simply take a wet wallpaper sponge and smooth the texture down to an almost perfect finish.

Popcorn Texture and
Asbestos Safety

If your ceiling was applied prior to 1979, there is a very good likelihood that the material contains asbestos. You can buy a test kit at your local paint store to check for asbestos. Discuss the test kit and procedure with your paint store clerk. DO NOT scrape any ceiling texture until you care fully read and understand all of the directions. If your texture does contain asbestos, it is best to hire a company that specializes in the removal of asbestos.

Always have the color of your primer tinted the same or very close to the color of your finish paint. This will make your job much easier and if you are a good painter, you will only need to apply one primer coat and one finish coat.





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