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Lovegasoline 11-23-2009 08:39 PM

Ceiling Repairs and Muresco Paint: Seamless Paint Job Possible?
 
I’m in a bit of predicament about top coating a ceiling.

I have a skim coated ceiling that currently has a coat of primer, Ben Moore Fresh Start acrylic.
I intend to top coat it with two coats of Ben Moore Muresco ceiling paint.

However, the building owner tells me that he is going to replace the ancient ceiling receptacle with a modern electric fixture box. I’ve been holding off painting the ceiling waiting for this repair, because based on previous repairs of this type, I assume they are going to have to break at least a square foot of ceiling to install the replacement box (hopefully there will not be rewiring complications that will mean punching more big holes in the metal lathe/plaster ceiling). I am waiting in vain: I am at their mercy and I have no control over the scheduling…and they are unable to provide solid dates when the repair will take place (hell, it may never happen).

Because of this repair I am reluctant to paint the ceiling now, wasting time and money, and then move all my stuff back, only to have to remove everything again a few weeks from now to make room for the repair work and the painting. Also, I have been told it is difficult or impossible to blend in ceiling paint touch ups with Muresco.

Ideally I would just leave the room idle and wait, but I HAVE to start using that room (and they need access to other rooms where my furniture is currently stored, so stuff has to be moved back in regardless of my painting decisions). Again, unfortunately I have no control over the scheduling here.

Is it possible to paint the two top coats with Muresco NOW, move all my possessions back in, and to just do a spot primer/touch up with Muresco to the one or two foot square area after the repair is made? Will it be possible for me to get a seamless paint job out of that? Or would I just have to go ahead and repaint the entire ceiling again anyway? I need to know one way or another as I have to decide ASAP whether to go ahead and paint before moving my stuff back in, or just live with primer on the ceiling for now and resign myself to moving everything in and out yet once when I paint it down the road.

Do any professional painters have a take on this? Do I paint now or wait?

chrisn 11-24-2009 02:59 AM

Is it possible to paint the two top coats with Muresco NOW, move all my possessions back in, and to just do a spot primer/touch up with Muresco to the one or two foot square area after the repair is made?


Yes

Lovegasoline 11-24-2009 02:32 PM

I've had trouble just rolling a ceiling perfectly without any roller seams.

Is it easy to just roll a 3' x 3' area of Moresco and have it blend seamlessly? When I've had to apply paint to an area of an already dry ceiling, there's definitely a visible demarcation where the new paint was rolled.

What is needed to get the desired results?

Btw, on all my recent painting I am using a Ben Moore Microfiber roller 5/16" nap (8"?). I've been using this for both the primer and the paint. I wash it out after each task and it sits in a bucket of water, sometimes for a week or two , between uses.

chrisn 11-24-2009 05:23 PM

Get a 1/2 in sleave and kep a wet edge, work faster.

Lovegasoline 11-25-2009 02:06 PM

Many of these surfaces were finished sanded very smooth..I found even the 3/8" rollers left some texture which I preferred not to have. Wouldn't 1/2" make even more texture?

The 5/16" microfiber lays it on really smooth.

I have been trying to work fast, continuos, yet delicate...not pressing hard.


How to keep from having the new paint touch up show against the old dry paint?


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