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Old 02-07-2013, 05:50 AM   #16
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Lee, couple of things. Firstly, that's a textured ceiling. One of the reasons I don't like texture is because of the games it plays with light. Smooth ceilings/walls are not perfectly flush, meaning they roll, have low spots, high spots, ridges, etc. This creates difficulty with painting and with the way the light highlights those irregularities. To add texture to that is to compound the problems. You no longer have one surface, but millions.
The size of that ceiling. A ceiling of that size would be a challenge for one pro to do alone, let alone a homeowner. Just because a flat paint doesn't reflect light and doesn't highlight defects doesn't mean it doesn't lap, suffer from over rolling, or any of the other difficulties in working with sheens. It just doesn't show. However, from certain angles and in certain lights it will. Even if they look flawless from standing and looking straight up.
Personally, I would live with what you have. Opening that ceiling up again might solve some of the issues you have with it, but it may also create other areas that you find objectionable, and you'll be back right where you are now. Expecting perfection on that ceiling will drive you nuts. Ceilings require more flexibility than walls. The light that picture was taken in is probably the most brutal you could have taken it in, but I'll bet at night it looks beautiful, doesn't it.

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Gotta agree with Joe Sheridan on this one. Ceilings are one of the toughest areas of a house to paint and you have a BIG ceiling area there. For one thing, you have to move quick......why? Because all the heat in a house migrates up high and causes the paint you just applied to dry quickly so it's almost impossible to keep a wet edge on a ceiling. Once you start it you have to fly through it to avoid lap marks, etc. Secondly, ceilings have a tendency (because of the light angle) to show every flaw, every rafter location, every divot, etc. no matter how many coats you put on. I would be satisfied with what you have.......like Joe said, if you hit it again there will be OTHER spots that you won't be happy with.
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^ props to the posters above me...they are correct, I believe for your situation.

I think your big issue is simply the way the light is hitting it.

We had a 18x20 kitchen we remodeled last year with light tan ceilings, windows at the far end- LOTS of light coming in.

Painter rolled the ceiling- looked great UNTIL the sunlight streamed in...it was blotchy, uneven..you name it.

Had the painter come back, rolled primer with small nap, repaint with small nap.

Next day..same exact blotchy look.

We finally ended up having to spray the ceiling to get rid of the uneven blotchy look.Rolling could not keep a wet edge, and the "texture" reflected light in some areas, and not in others.

To sum up..natural light will make any repaint, touch up, blend, repair stand out.

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Small nap, bad idea. You need at least a 1/2, 3/4 would be my choice.
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^ props to the posters above me...they are correct, I believe for your situation.

I think your big issue is simply the way the light is hitting it.

We had a 18x20 kitchen we remodeled last year with light tan ceilings, windows at the far end- LOTS of light coming in.

Painter rolled the ceiling- looked great UNTIL the sunlight streamed in...it was blotchy, uneven..you name it.

Had the painter come back, rolled primer with small nap, repaint with small nap.

Next day..same exact blotchy look.

We finally ended up having to spray the ceiling to get rid of the uneven blotchy look.Rolling could not keep a wet edge, and the "texture" reflected light in some areas, and not in others.

To sum up..natural light will make any repaint, touch up, blend, repair stand out.
That's more or less what I'm trying to get rid of is the splotchy look it has. Do you guys think maybe spraying would help that or should I just try to live with it (really hard to)
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You got a PPG store near you?
You just need to paint it correctly with a heavy nap and real flat paint and all will be fixed.
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You got a PPG store near you?
You just need to paint it correctly with a heavy nap and real flat paint and all will be fixed.


We had used a 1/2 nap on an 18" roller when we first painted the ceiling I detailed in my post above. I'm sorry to the OP that I neglected to mention that.

The light is reflecting off the texture left behind by the roller...and ALL rollers leave texture behind, especially when you are rolling back into an edge that is drying slightly. And this is almost unavoidable on a big ceiling.

That texture gives the ceiling that blotchy look the OP is complaining about- and light skimming across the ceiling exacerbates that.


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