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Old 04-11-2012, 05:23 PM   #16
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As a CURRENT professional in the trade (35+ yrs.) I have to disagree with stoner529 (everyone is entitled to their own opinion, of course). I lived in FL for 5 years before moving to GA and everything was texture. When I moved here, pretty much everything I worked on was texture. Started changing in the '80s and slick has become the norm. Texture is for those who can't do slick (in my opinion) and is a big pain in the butt compared to slick (especially if you need to patch it). I haven't had any complaints on slick finish ceilings/walls I've done. Sure, any pro can go in a house and find flaws because we're way more observant and critical of the workmanship. I bet I can find some joints showing or imperfections on a textured ceiling (or wall). I stand behind my work, and if there are issues with joints "showing" after prime coat, they get fixed. It does happen at times due to various reasons, but the issue gets resolved. Proper paint technique is a big factor also.....

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Old 04-11-2012, 05:36 PM   #17
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As a CURRENT professional in the trade (35+ yrs.) I have to disagree with stoner529 (everyone is entitled to their own opinion, of course). I lived in FL for 5 years before moving to GA and everything was texture. When I moved here, pretty much everything I worked on was texture. Started changing in the '80s and slick has become the norm. Texture is for those who can't do slick (in my opinion) and is a big pain in the butt compared to slick (especially if you need to patch it). I haven't had any complaints on slick finish ceilings/walls I've done. Sure, any pro can go in a house and find flaws because we're way more observant and critical of the workmanship. I bet I can find some joints showing or imperfections on a textured ceiling (or wall). I stand behind my work, and if there are issues with joints "showing" after prime coat, they get fixed. It does happen at times due to various reasons, but the issue gets resolved. Proper paint technique is a big factor also.....

You won't get complaints because people up north don't know any better. thats my hole point. They have no idea the wall is flawed as opposed to you or I walking in and spotting the flaws. If the finish job is decent, texture will do the rest. It's easier, and its not hard to match for a professional. If i wanted to, i could go back home to florida right now and still be in business as i still get calls all the time. It just became to big a hassle to deal with. Yes i have seen flawed texture only because it starts with the hanging and finishing. and the texture guy not speaking up about it.


But as i have stated, ive been in a bunch of places here already and i laugh at the so called "slick" finishes regardless of "professional knows what they are doing" saying. I hear that all the time. I havent seen a professional then that knows what they are doing yet. Im done on my two cents because this could be debated forever and Id still say you are wrong.
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Old 04-11-2012, 10:05 PM   #18
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First off, I'm not up north, just one state away. And again, I've lived and worked in Florida. Bottom line, "decent" finishing doesn't make a slick finish. I have also seen a lot of "slick" finishes that were "laughable". I agree a good texture man can do repairs that are "nearly" perfect (I'll bet I can find many of them) I do them all the time without complaint. Like you stated, the texture can be "flawed" due to hanging (not so much) and finishing issues. My point exactly was that texture covers poor quality finishing (most of the time) especially in "production" type setting. I work more on custom (higher end) type homes where quality is preferred over speed. If required for the particular scenario (any kind of gloss paint) a level 5 finish is done. In other words, the entire surface is glaze coated which pretty much eliminates any imperfections. All I'm saying is that a true professional finisher can produce a "slick" finish. Not trying to offend you, and I agree to your right to your opinion.....
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I just use water and my airless to remove a popcorn texture.
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Old 04-18-2012, 08:06 PM   #20
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I just use water and my airless to remove a popcorn texture.

how about a pressure washer?

as well. the down side of slick finish. any repair done can always be seen because it leaves a flat spot and the paint never quiet matches right. i cant stand seeing a flat spot on a flat wall. talk about weird looking.
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ANY repair will be noticeable if not done properly, even texture. For example, if you patch a stippled ceiling the patch will stand out from the rest of the ceiling simply due to the fact the new drywall mud will be a different color (usually whiter) than the existing. If you simply paint the patch, it will be noticeable for the same reason (color match). You have to paint the entire ceiling (or wall) to blend it. If you theory is true that all slick patches leave a "flat spot", then every joint or nail/screw spot would stand out the same way on a slick finish due to the fact that a finished/sanded area is smoother than than the actual face paper on the drywall. That's just not true. Go to DrywallTalk.com (a site for drywall professionals) and post that there's no way to achieve a slick finish, as I interpret your posts, and see what the reaction is. I have nothing against texture. My home has stippled ceilings. When I finished the basement I stippled that area too so it would be consistent with the rest of the house. Still don't really like it, but I'm not going to scrape and slick the whole house. I made good money applying texture when it was popular and I make good money patching it now. I remember spraying ceilings (popcorn) when I lived in Florida and getting an extra 3 or 4 cents a foot to add glitter to it (usually just the clear that added a little "sparkle when the light hit it). As far as textured wall, the only encounter I've had with it is working on a couple of "modular" homes many years ago where I had to patch and match the wall texture (knockdown) where they joined the two sections together. It's just not done on walls around here except in apartments and a few commercial applications. I did one bar/restaurant years ago where they wanted a stucco/skip trowel type finish on the walls. I get calls these days to remove texture and slick ceilings. I've never had one from someone wanting to texture their slick walls or ceilings.....
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how about a pressure washer?.
Nah, I think a pressure washer would get the drywall to wet.

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