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painted ceiling woes

beebuzzled's picture

Hi Everyone!

I usually post in the Cooks Talk forum, but I have a painting question today. While painting my great room ceiling, which is about 20 x 20, I had to pause a few times to deal with either kids, cooking or the various things that come up when you have to stay on a task. Because I couldn't leave a wet edge, I can now see a few areas that show where I started and stopped. Is there a magic tip that can camouflage these places so I don't have to repaint the whole thing? My neck is killing me and I still have the rest of the house to go. I'm really keeping my fingers crossed that someone can help me on this.

Why is the rum always gone?  Captain Jack Sparrow

(post #175872, reply #1 of 3)

I know of no magic tips once the paint is dry.  But paint needs two coats to develop the proper sheen.  Was this your first coat or the final coat?

Also, a high quality roller produces better results and is worth it for the final coat.  If you are using latex paint on a smooth surface then 1/4" or 3/8" nap is right.  And it takes really good lighting to judge the evenness of blending as you paint.

Are you using an extension pole?  That could help your neck.

(post #175872, reply #2 of 3)

Thanks for the response, Wayne. Unfortunately, this was the final coat. I used a high quality roller with a deeper nap and an extension pole. To be honest, it's not glaringly apparent, but it irks me that I couldn't get a perfect finish. The other, smaller rooms were painted in one go and they look really good, but I didn't have a big enough chunk of time to finish off this particular ceiling. I'm going to paint the rest of the rooms and then, if I have the heart for it, I'll redo the great room. Blech, I was really hoping there was something else I could do.

Cheers, and thanks again.

Why is the rum always gone?  Captain Jack Sparrow

(post #175872, reply #3 of 3)

After a few more rooms you may be tired of painting and the ceiling won't seem so bad.  Do try the shorter nap roller, though.  Half inch nap is too much.