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Old 11-08-2010, 06:22 PM   #1
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I am painting for a client and I am changing colors in one of the rooms. As I was cutting in at the ceiling, I noticed a significant paint overlap (from the previous paint job) from the wall onto the ceiling. I am painting the walls only. My question is, what is the professional/ethical thing to do with this area? If I cover it with the new paint, my job looks bad. If I leave it, it is unsightly. I don't have the same ceiling paint (don't know the brand). Thanks

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Old 11-08-2010, 06:28 PM   #2
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I'd have called it to the owners attention before starting work. Ask what they want you to do with the "abortion". maybe you'll get to paint the ceiling for an extra.

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I agree with Hoz. Your situation is all too common. Its best to explain to the customer beforehand but what you can try is brush on some primer between the ceiling and wall before painting, but just enough to cover the previous mistakes. If there is a huge difference, then you may just get a ceiling job out of it. lol
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Thanks to both responders. I agree with your responses, but in my situation, the small bathroom (10ft ceiling) was dark, and I didn't see it until I was on the ladder with the halogen lamp. Chances are that no one would see it in normal light. I will use your ideas for future situations. Igneous
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True, but never underestimate the customer. There are some bad ones.
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I would offer them a win-win solution.

They buy a can of ceiling paint and I'd paint the ceiling for free so that my finish work looks good.

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I would offer them a win-win solution.

They buy a can of ceiling paint and I'd paint the ceiling for free so that my finish work looks good.

Good idea only I would suggest the opposite.
They pay for the labor and you'll provide the paint.

You shouldn't give your time away and you can buy quality paint at good prices with your professional paint store discount.

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