Apply textured paint to a flat ceiling...

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Laurre S.

Hi. Could you please tell me how I should apply textured paint to a ceiling that has a smooth surface? What preparation is needed for the paint to adhere to this surface?

Also, what is the best way to apply textured paint?

Thank you!

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Dear Laurre,
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Thank you for your Ask Jane question - and welcome to the Be Jane Community!
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Well, painting a ceiling is usually most difficult in that it seems like you need to master acrobatics to get the job done! However, applying textured paint to a ceiling is just slightly more difficult that most other paint types.
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Before getting started, as always be sure to wear gloves, the proper eye protection, wear a mask and cover your hair. You'd be surprised how many times we've ended up with highlights the color of our walls!
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Since most ceilings are drywall, we're going to assume yours is as well. If your ceilings are made of drywall, this is what you should do:
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Preparation:
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<li>First you'll want to remove all wallpaper and loose or peeling paint. Make sure you wash off all of the dirt, grease, soap and oil build-up with a mild detergent and rinse well afterward. If you have any problems with mildew, rinse with one part bleach (or TSP &#8211; tri-sodium phosphate) and three parts water. Rinse and allow to thoroughly dry. (If the surface is glossy, be sure to sand and wash the residue off prior to painting.)</li>
<li>Next patch any large holes and cracks with spackle or patching compound. (Texture Paint will fill small imperfections).</li>
<li>Allow the patched areas to dry, then sand, smooth and spot prime these areas.</li>
<li>Inset and fill nail heads with wood filler, sand smooth and spot prime these areas.</li>
<li>Caulk joints and seams with an acrylic painter's caulk. Jane Tip: Make sure it is a painter's caulk or else you may find that the water based paint repels off of it.</li>
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If you need to fix any plaster or masonry, it is VERY IMPORTANT to allow it to cure 30 days before priming.
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Wash all bare metal with paint thinner, wipe with a clean cloth, allow it to thoroughly dry, and then prime.
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Prime all bare surfaces.
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Since you didn't specify which texture paint you're planning to use, here's a little guideline for reference:
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Where To Use Ceiling Texturized Paints,"Popcorn," or "Stucco-like" Finishes:
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<li>Interior ceilings in areas such as living rooms</li>
<li>dining rooms</li>
<li>bedrooms</li>
<li>hallways</li>
<li>kitchens</li>
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You'll find there is excellent adhesion on new and properly prepared ceiling surfaces such as drywall, plaster, masonry, acoustic ceiling tiles and wood.
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It also easily repairs previously textured surfaces. But make sure to cover any stains caused by water, smoke, crayon, lipstick and markers can permeate films. Thoroughly wash any stained surface area with TSP (tri-sodium-phosphate) and prime with stain blocking primer sealer.
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Where To Use Smooth and Sand Finishes
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Interior walls and ceilings including areas such as:
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<li>living rooms</li>
<li>dining rooms</li>
<li>bedrooms</li>
<li>hallways</li>
<li>kitchens</li>
<li>bathrooms</li>
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Excellent adhesion happens on new and properly prepared surfaces such as drywall, plaster, wood, metal, paneling, masonry and brick. It too easily repairs previously textured surfaces. Make sure to cover any stains caused by water, smoke, crayon, lipstick and markers can permeate films. Thoroughly wash stained surface and prime with stain blocking primer sealer.
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Now that you're primed and ready, here are the basics on how to apply the texture paint to your ceiling:
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Ceiling Texture Paint Application and Coverage:
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<li>Cover furniture and carpet with drop cloths.</li>
<li>Stir paint before and occasionally during application.</li>
<li>Paint only when the temperature is above 50&#186;F.</li>
<li>Cut-in (paint) border around ceiling using an angled nylon/polyester brush.</li>
<li>Apply a thin first coat to a small area using a dampened, short nap roller or a trowel.</li>
<li>Allow first coat to dry five minutes.</li>
<li>Slowly apply decorative second coat, with moderate pressure, using a looped texture roller while working in 4' x 4' areas.</li>
<li>Continue to work texture finish into new areas while adjoining areas are still wet.</li>
<li>Most texture paints cover approximately 100 - 200 square feet per two gallon container.</li>
<li>Coverage will vary depending on decorative style desired, application techniques and surface condition.</li>
<li>Topcoat cured surface with color Paint if a color change is desired or for additional protection.</li>
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See our Painting 101, or TIPS &amp; TRICKS sections for additional decorative styles, finishes and application tips.
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Way to go, Jane &#8211; just make sure you stretch you back between 4'x4' sections. Try to listen to your body and when you're tired, take a little rest. Painting a ceiling is extra strenuous, and make sure you take care of yourself first so that you can truly enjoy your new room once it's complete.
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If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us at any time. We're here for you!
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We hope this helps!

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