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Old 08-29-2009, 01:11 PM   #1
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I am trying to paint the ceilings in a 30 year old home. I don't know when the drywall was textured,but as I roll on the paint (flat latex interior,v.g. brand,) the blown texture begins to come off the drywall in certain areas sticking to my roller.The areas range from 3 or 4 sq. in. to 2 sq.ft. I have painted many blown textured drywall walls and ceilings in the past, but have never seen this occur. Any suggestions on how to stop this problem and repair already pulled off sections will be appreciated.

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Old 08-30-2009, 10:37 PM   #2
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Hey oldy, it seems like the texture you're painting was put directly onto the drywall instead of being shot on after a primer. Either this or whoever DID prime did a bad job. As far continuing goes, you can either find the areas ahead of time that are loose and knock them off, or you can attempt to use an oil-based sprayable primer like zinnser's "cover stain", or Kilz oil, "upshot" which has the spray tip at an upward angle, to "seal" the loose pieces in place. Keep in mind though spraying a primer on may blast some of the loose stuff off anyway and is not a sure-fire way to keep it from coming back off as you roll your topcoat on. Best bet is to scrap off the loose, put a good drywall primer up, and then apply a spray-on "Acoustic texture" like what Homax has. If you are using a flat ceiling paint you should be able to just paint over the texture at this point, but a good primer (latex is fine) first is the best practice to reduce any flashing.

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