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Old 12-28-2010, 09:39 PM   #1
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I hired a contractor to scrape and redo my popcorn ceilings throughout my condo. He said he would use a knockdown texture and use primer to save me money. While it looks ok in most areas, I am concerned this is what he did in the bathroom above the shower area. Should I pain the ceiling in my bathroom to protect it from moisture damage? The appearance is a flat finish. This was my first experience with a contractor and wish now I had asked more questions!

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Depends on you expectations of performance....

PRIMERS are for adhesion...some have stain-blocking properties as well.

>>> This is a case where "saving money" will COST you money, in the form of long-run water-damage in that bathroom!

BUT....for washability and moisture-resistance, they score a ZERO.

Get some actual paint on there...ESPECIALLY in the bathroom. There, I would use an Eggshell sheen for better moisture holdout. Flat ceiling-paint is fine everywhere else.

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Old 12-29-2010, 12:34 PM   #3
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Primer is really no good for a finish coat. It tends to be very pourous which is great for top coat adhesion but will attract all kinds of dust and dirt and really won't protect your surface.
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I'm just trying to figure out how he is saving you money. Sure, primer is a few bucks per gallon cheaper than flat paint or even satin paint, but what's a few bucks if you don't get the job done right? I could MAYBE see the savings being a factor if it saves you $300 or $400, but, to me you're maybe saving $40 or $50 at the most.
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The guys a scab. Fire him and hire a real painter.

Eggshell or satin in the baths, flat white everywhere else.
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semi gloss in the bathrooms is way better then any satin paint. bathrooms contain high humidity if there is a shower. If there is no shower then satin would work.

Primer is just a cheaper coat of paint. He isnt saving you money, he is saving himself money. Next time you get a bid you should ask for specifics.
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Maybe the guy doesn't want the "institutional look' that semi gloss gives. My bath is painted satin about 10 years ago. I shower in there daily. The paint look fresh, white and new as the day I painted it.

I try not to let theory get in the way of practice.
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Maybe the guy doesn't want the "institutional look' that semi gloss gives. My bath is painted satin about 10 years ago. I shower in there daily. The paint look fresh, white and new as the day I painted it.

I try not to let theory get in the way of practice.
It really is just an issue of keeping moisture out. semi gloss repels the water better as you already know.
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It also depends on the brand. Some Satin's like from Sherwin Williams have a lot more shine than others. I have a flat paint on my batroom ceiling and 10 years later it is just about due for another coat.

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