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Re-texturing ceilings

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I have brush "stomped" ceilings in my living room that I need to "fix". The guy who originally did them seemed to have used too much mud on the brush creating very deep "stomp" marks with not much texture or mud between. I would like to roll over them with either sand textured paint or maybe joint compound or topping (the girl at Lowes suggested topping-it's lighter). Anyone have any experience with using topping on ceilings?

ta (post #207317, reply #1 of 3)

One of the hardest textures to match is a sand mix.  You can hardly ever get the right proportion of type and quantity of sand.............

I would never advise using the premixed sand texture or added sand in the beginning or after an already dobbed textured ceiling.

Would you rather have it smooth?  Flatten out or sand (with a dustless drywall sander/vac) what's there, then skim coat?


There is less adhesive in the topping mixes, more in the all purpose and even more in the true durabond bag mix.  Know that b/4 making a decision.

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re-texturing ceilings (post #207317, reply #2 of 3)

Thanks for the info. I tried the topping mixed with some paint in a hidden back hallway. It didn't work out too well, doesn't look very good. What about spraying the texture on? This room is about 1000 square feet, I don't really want to scrape the whoel thing unless it is 100% necessary. I used some sand texture paint in a bathroom over top of the same type of ceiling and it turned out pretty good. Since this is such a big area I would like to try spraying it over what is already ther to fill in the "gaps", but I don't know anything about spray texturing ceilings. Thanks for the input!

You need to use a really (post #207317, reply #3 of 3)

You need to use a really nappy roller.  And you'll likely need to go over the areas 2-3 times, with time to set in-between.

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