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Old 04-18-2012, 10:16 AM   #1
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I need help. I've recently taken up the project to paint all my ceilings, after removing all the popcorn texture. I read several websites instructing me to slightly dampen the popcorn with water (i used one of those pump sprayers that you might put pesticide in and spray around your yard).

I let the ceiling dry about 24 hours after scraping popcorn, and then I started painting directly on the drywall ceiling (no texture). Now the paint is cracking and peeling in a few small areas (some not so small), not everywhere. Where did I go wrong, anyone have advice? I'm guessing I might should have primed first??

Anyone have any ideas how to fix my problem now that I have a layer of paint up there? I tried sanding off the cracked/peeling areas and just repainting it, and that worked in some of the areas, but not all. The cracks/peels returned.

I now plan on getting all purpose joint compound and putting it on the problem areas, letting it dry, sanding that down, and painting over it. Do I need to prime over that compound??

Anyone have help or advice on this? We wanted the ceilings to be "flat" and we did not want to add any other texture (knockdown or orange peel) to the ceiling. Thanks guys.


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Old 04-18-2012, 10:23 AM   #2
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Should have primed it first with a sealing primer.

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Old 04-18-2012, 10:30 AM   #3
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my guess is that you didn't scrape it down to bare rock, there was some of the texture mud still there. it is not a very strong mud, powders easily.
A prime coat with a penetrating primer would have helped, probably stopped the problem.
if you want a sure fire remedy, prime the whole thing with gardz ( very thin clear primer) or Smart Prime , or Zinsser 123. then do your touch up, sand and spot that, 2 coats of a quality ceiling paint.
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Brush, you think joint compound is not necessary if I prime now?
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Only reason you would need drywall compound is if there's flaws in the surface. Primer and paint will not fix flaws.
Anytime compound is applyed it always has to be primed or the area will come out looking differant.
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Well I now have "holes" in my paint job that are creating surface flaws, but you're saying that doesn't qualify as needing compound, correct? Just prime and paint?
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Well I now have "holes" in my paint job that are creating surface flaws, but you're saying that doesn't qualify as needing compound, correct? Just prime and paint?

No, you need to skim over the bad parts, sand,clean,prime and paint
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cracks can be caused from joint tape falling down after the removal because you got it wet. this happens during popcorn removals. you should seriously hire a professional to take care of this unless its not in your budget or you don't care if it doesnt look perfect. As ive said a hundred times. a DIY should never mess with drywall.....
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. a DIY should never mess with drywall.....
Now that's just not true. I did ALL of my drywall work in this home, never did it before, and it's beautiful. Walls are fine, ceilings are fine, etc. In case you have not noticed, this is a DO IT YOURSELF website. If you have nothing to contribute other than self-promoting comments like "call a pro", please refrain from posting here or your account will be removed.

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