Painting Textured Ceiling with Cracks


Old 11-17-04, 03:13 PM
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Painting Textured Ceiling with Cracks


I have an old house, about 1920's American and I want to paint the ceiling, which has texture that doesn't stand out as much as popcorn. There are several long but narrow cracks running throughout it, and that presents a problem to me - I can't repair the cracks without the repairs sticking out. I don't think the texture can be renewed easily without redoing the whole thing.

I want to make this DIY job as painless as possible, but would like to make it look as good as it can be at the same time - any suggestions about the cracks or which paints to use to conceal them?


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Old 11-18-04, 05:59 PM
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Hi rolf and welcome aboard.

My first suggestion would be to cover the plaster up with sheetrock, this would give you a great looking ceiling, but possibly more work & expense than you're wanting to do.

Next best would be to sand down the texture as much as possible, then tape the cracks, (I'd use paper tape if it was me) Let that dry and then put one more coat over the taped area. Then shoot a fresh coat of spray & knockdown texture over the whole thing.

I'd use a flat paint, satin & semigloss will highlight any flaws. Do a search in the Painting forum and You chould be able to come up with some brand names of good paints to help cover defects.

Good luck!
Old 11-26-04, 02:13 PM
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Since your house is old, have your ceiling texture tested for asbestos before you sand anything.

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