I primed the ceiling then textured it using joint compound and a trowel. It is completely covered with joint compound. So my question is if I have the desired color and sheen with bare joint compound is it really necessary to paint it?
You don't have to paint it, but you will find it won't hold that color very long. It will start to turn yellow, and it will show stains just from stuff in the air. Also it will absorb odors like crazy. On second thought yea you have to paint it.
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