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Old 04-16-16, 05:49 PM
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best white paint to hide ceiling imperfections

Hello,
I am now on the painting stage of a partial finish of my basement. Today I applied a coat of zinnser gardz primer to all the walls and ceilings. I want to paint the ceilings white. Not being an expert drywaller, far from it, there are imperfections that I'd like to hide as best as possible. I'm not interested in a textured ceiling.

Has anyone had better results with a particular shade of white? I'd especially be interested in any input on paint types. Satin? Flat?

Any advice is much appreciated!
 

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Old 04-16-16, 06:28 PM
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I don't think shade will make much difference. Flat paint generally hides imperfections better than any level of gloss, at the expense of being a little harder to clean; not usually an issue for ceilings. If you can use lighting that mostly shines down rather than across the ceiling that will help too.
 
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Old 04-16-16, 06:34 PM
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I was always taught that paint doesn't hide imperfections. It enhances them.
 
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Old 04-17-16, 03:20 AM
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Now is the time to fix the areas that need it!! As mentioned above, paint will not hide imperfections. The more sheen the paint has the more it will highlight the imperfections so flat paint would be preferred. One of the main reasons many texture ceilings is to hide minor imperfections [so the level of finish isn't as critical]


Having thought more on it, an off white might not highlight defects as bad as a pure white BUT it's still best to address the bad finish now so you won't regret it later!
 

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Old 04-17-16, 09:28 AM
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From Pulpo:
I was always taught that paint doesn't hide imperfections. It enhances them.
This has certainly been my experience. Get the surface looking as good as you can before you even consider paint.

Why did you use Gardz?
 
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Why did you use Gardz?
I was wondering about that too. Zinser 123 would have been better.
 
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Old 04-18-16, 03:09 AM
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Gardz is ok for the primer as it is an excellent sealer but it may require an extra coat of finish paint to get full coverage. The odds are 123 would have been a better choice. I'd work on making the drywall finish better, sand and remove dust, then reprime with 123 or whatever primer the top coat recommends. Depending on what wall color is going to be used you might want to have the wall primer tinted.
 
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Gardz is so thin, I'd hate to be using that overhead.
 
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