painting plaster ceiling

Old 05-27-03, 07:58 AM
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painting plaster ceiling

I'm just getting started on painting our living room walls. I would really like to paint the ceiling first, but many family members have advised me not to since the ceiling is old and made of plaster. Some members have told stories of the ceiling falling in when they went to paint. The ceiling really should be painted since it is looking very dingy. Wondering if I should even attempt it and if so what tools to use on an 85 yr old textured plaster ceiling. Please help.
Old 05-27-03, 07:23 PM
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It seems unlikely that paint alone would cause an otherwise stable ceiling to fall. I painted the ceilings in my 63 year old house without worrying about or experiencing the plaster falling.

I would try a roller. You might want to try 3/8 or 1/2 inch nap roller to see how much it takes to get down into the texture.

If it has been a really long time since the ceiling or it is quite dingy, a primer coat of Zinsser 123 might make a lot of difference in fully covering the dingyness and enabling the finish coat to be at its best.

Hope this helps.

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