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Old 03-12-2013, 11:45 AM   #1
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I expect cheering if I ever finish this bathroom.

Just decided to paint the ceiling to freshen it up, even tho it looks fine, since the bathroom is torn up anyway.

Ceiling seems shiny. No idea how or when it was last painted. Do I just use any bathroom paint? Should I use the Gardz I plan to buy soon, before I paint it?

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Any flaws or mold on the ceiling?
Never should have been anything but flat paint used on a ceiling.
I'd clean it first with a dash of bleach in the water, then lighly sand with a sanding pad and pole. (there sold in the drywall area in any box store)
Then wipe it down again to get the sanding dust off.
This would work for the painting.
http://rustoleum.com/CBGProduct.asp?pid=407

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This is a weird one Joe. I NEVER use flat paint in a bathroom. Always semi-gloss with an AR additive. Don't you have problems with flat paint peeling, or developing mold?

Interesting, as I usually agree with you.
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The causes of peeling paint have nothing to do with the paints sheen.
That paint I suggested has a mildicide in it.
A paint with a sheen will show every flaw in the ceiling.
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joe,

Nope. No mildew or anything wrong with ceiling. Just that it's a strangers ceiling paint and not feeling as personal as if I were to paint it myself.

It's a nice ceiling with an orange peel texture. It's the guest bathroom.

I'll look for the sanding pole. It's small enough maybe I'll just use a ladder to do it.

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Go with what joe is recommending if you can find it. Or zinsser perma-white mold and mildew resistant if you can't find it.
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Not going to be able to sand it if it's a textured ceiling.
That's one strange reason for all the work of painting a ceiling.
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If it's shiny orange peel I think I would put a primer such as Zinnzer123 ( call it insurance) then using a 1/2" nap roller paint it with a good flat paint as recommended. If it's orange peel don't sand or the texture will have flat spots. I also like semi gloss for baths and kitchens because of the washability. But only on the walls.
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I'll let those guys keep saying flat on a bath ceiling - but if part of that ceiling is above a shower, may the force be with you.
I like something that doesn't act like a sponge. I will do something like BM matte ( very low sheen- but some hold out) .
- not to you start- to those other guys-
If your prep doesn't suck you dont have to worry about hiding flaws...
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I use nothing less than a satin on bathroom ceilings myself and like BJ said......fix the flaws,don't hide 'em.
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In almost 30 years in this business, I have never painted a bath ceiling with flat paint, never.
I may well be banned for this but for a statement like this
"Never should have been anything but flat paint used on a ceiling."
to be posted is just wrong.
To startingover, please take the advise of professional painters here, they know what they are talking about from first hand experience.
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yes, the area above the tub will have to be painted also. The ceiling looks in good condition, but if I don't do it now, it will never get done.
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I would agree with the statement about flats on a bath ceiling. Wrong move to state that. However, the link he provided was to Zinsser ceiling paint that Zinsser claims is spec'd for baths and kitchens, and is a flat. But to say that just any flat should be used in a bath is wrong. That flat, yes, any flat, no. That statement could easily be misinterpreted by a newbie who doesn't follow that link and use that specific product. I will agree that it gets a little murky here sometimes when all the other trades are giving painting advice. I'm going to go tell people how to run wire, install gas lines, and build load bearing walls.
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Looking online. Appears my Walmart carries Zinsser ceiling paint. Still have to go to HD for Gardz.

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Any flaws or mold on the ceiling?
Never should have been anything but flat paint used on a ceiling.
http://rustoleum.com/CBGProduct.asp?pid=407
Joe, your "contractoritis" is flaring up again. I've been a painter for 34 years and have never, ever painted a bathroom ceiling with flat paint. Why? Because flat paint tends to "alligator" with the constant wet/dry cycle. Not only that it simply looks horrible in a bathroom. I'm not saying it can't be done, but, it is almost as rare as good painting advice from Joe Caption.

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