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I am starting a project sealing a house that has been smoked in for at least the last 7 years. On the good side, as I am cleaning the walls in anticipation of sealing them the overall odor is really improving. (Or I'm just getting acclimated to the odor that made me gag when I first walked into the house.) To prevent the smell & stains from ever returning I am sealing everything with Zinsser BIN. My question is what are the best rollers to use for the variety of surfaces I will be painting. Here is a list of all the different surfaces and the rollers I bought to attack...I mean, paint them with:

1. Popcorn ceiling--3/4" nap roller
2. Heavily textured ceiling (looks like popcorn ceiling, but is very hard to the touch, like it was done with mud, not the airy stuff popcorn is made of)--3/4" nap
3. Textured walls--3/8" roller
4. Subfloor (not plywood, but the particle like board--mdf, maybe)--3/8" roller.
5. Wood trim--foam brushes, small foam roller

All the rollers are polyester.

From reading this site, I am planning on throwing the rollers away after using them, so I did not buy the most expensive ones on the shelf. Am I missing anything here?

Of course, I have my respirator and tyvec suit to make it a truly fashionable project.
 

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I would never use a regular roller for popcorn- no matter what thichkess. I always use sponge roller. Popcorn cakes up regual rollers that are not "sponge" in no time. Some popcorn ceilings were not done right- popcoen is too loose and causes severe caking.

Just my experiance ......
 

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BTW- I have never used ( in30 years) a foam on popcorn...

almost always a 1/2 Wooster super fab does what I need.

But there are many variables- how well the popcorn is sticking, has it been painted before, what are you using and how "wet is it.. etc.

Sometimes spraying is the only safe way.
 

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I was going to scrape the popcorn off, but an ill-timed sprained shoulder & a need to move in by the end of the month led me to put off removing the popcorn. Another project for another day.
 

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BTW- I have never used ( in30 years) a foam on popcorn...

almost always a 1/2 Wooster super fab does what I need.

But there are many variables- how well the popcorn is sticking, has it been painted before, what are you using and how "wet is it.. etc.

Sometimes spraying is the only safe way.[/quote]


Now thats a fact:yes:
 

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Thanks for all the tips. The job is going as smoothly as I could have imagined. The nicotine odor is fading away the more I paint. No stains are bleeding through the BIN.

I went to the really good paint store in town and ended up leaving with, not only 20 gal of paint, but also free safety glasses, 2 free hats, 2 free shirts, a free quart of paint, a huge handful of stir sticks and lots of tips to make my job easier.

What fun!

Now to spray the freshly sealed ceilings...
 

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Thanks for all the tips. The job is going as smoothly as I could have imagined. The nicotine odor is fading away the more I paint. No stains are bleeding through the BIN.

Now to spray the freshly sealed ceilings...
So what type/nap roller cover did you use on the popcorn ceiling, or did you spray the BIN?
 

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I went to the really good paint store in town and ended up leaving with, not only 20 gal of paint, but also free safety glasses, 2 free hats, 2 free shirts, a free quart of paint, a huge handful of stir sticks and lots of tips to make my job easier.

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The advantage of being a woman in Alaska?

As the old joke goes, "For women in Alaska, the odds are good, but the goods are odd." :laughing:
 

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If you are going to be getting rid of the popcorn I urge you not to paint it(unless it has already been painted of course.) WAY easier to scrape a popcorn ceiling that hasn't been painted. good luck on your project! darn smokers !!
 

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The advantage of being a woman in Alaska?

As the old joke goes, "For women in Alaska, the odds are good, but the goods are odd." :laughing:
I think it was more the obscene amount of $$ I spent & the fact I didn't give them TOO much grief over eating their BBQ takeout while mixing my paint or maybe it was the pail of BIN they loaded and forgot to charge me for that I brought to their attention & paid for. But it might have been the ol' "odds are good" thing, not just pleasant human behavior.
 
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