Concrete Ceiling

Old 03-26-11, 11:12 AM
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Concrete Ceiling

Hi everyone,
I recently purchased a high rise condo that had exposed concrete ceilings. Against my better judgement i listened to my husband and painted the ceiling white with white concrete paint. The problem is I hate it and wish that I had left it alone. How can I get that concrete color again. Is there a simple to way to strip the paint or should I just try painting it a grey color to look like the concrete again.
Any words of wisdom are much appreciated.
Old 03-26-11, 11:37 AM
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Since it is a ceiling, removing the paint is not always necessary because of the cost, mess and exposure unless it is a decorating highlight, which is rare. I have no idea what a "white concrete paint" is.

Is the ceiling surface a smooth, flat surface or does it have marks from the form removal or are there a series of parallel joints between 24" and 40" apart? The latter one is usually a smooth flat surface and the joints can be used or covered and used as a decorating accent.

Normally, an appropriate primer could be applied and then a coating of your color choice could be applied.

I am sure some painting experts will jump in with more detailed suggestions. Photos would help.

Old 03-26-11, 12:57 PM
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concrete paint = masonry paint ?

I doubt you'll have much luck removing the paint and getting an unstained concrete finish like you had before. Just what do you hate about the painted ceiling? if it's splotchy, another coat of latex paint should fix that. Most of these type ceilings I run across are textured and painted - the texture helps to hide the imperfections in the concrete.

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