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
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
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
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
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
Popcorn Texture and
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.