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Retaping seams on my 12’ high garage ceiling. I am not very good (but getting better!) at this, especially working from a stepladder. I am not going to sand. Will feather it as smooth as I can and call it a day. When I get done it will be light years better than what the builder left. I would normally use BM ceiling paint which I find flat and forgiving and flat white SW Super Paint on the walls. Was wondering if I could use Super Paint on the ceiling too to avoid cutting in. Will the flat Super Paint hide joint compound imperfections almost as well as BM ceiling? Thanks.
 

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I though BM meant bowel movement.
 

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Just a comment from the sidelines, it's a garage, all one shade of white will be fine.

As for covering the bad job, try to knock of some of the high spots, less feathering.

As for working off of that ladder, not good. One lift of roll around staging and a couple of platforms, rent or buy, will be a lot safer. And it will deal with the mud and the paint.

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I rarely use ceiling paint, I normally get a better looking job using flat wall paint. Any sheen difference between ceiling paint and SuperPaint flat will be negligible.


Personally I wouldn't bother with scaffolding. I'd use a ladder for cutting in and an extension pole for rolling. IMO that's both quicker and easier.
 

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@mark sr but I would call you experienced :). The op said he is not.
Working off of a flat platform will be safer, faster, and easier.

Maybe it is just my old bones remembering the times I landed on my a$$ cursing my stupidity. I rented at the start and then bought some. Now all in the family reserve them in advance. So many places where they help.

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Any flat paint hides goobers better than any other finish. Unless you already have the paint, SuperSpec is a decent quality for the money and covers well.
 

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Was wondering if I could use Super Paint on the ceiling too to avoid cutting in. Will the flat Super Paint hide joint compound imperfections almost as well as BM ceiling?
I don't think any paint is going to hide a less than perfect joint. But its only a garage. Nothing wrong with doing it all in one paint.
 

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Just a comment from the sidelines, it's a garage, all one shade of white will be fine.

As for covering the bad job, try to knock of some of the high spots, less feathering.

As for working off of that ladder, not good. One lift of roll around staging and a couple of platforms, rent or buy, will be a lot safer. And it will deal with the mud and the paint.

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Thx Bud. I am inexperienced taping/mudding but not working from a ladder. I am just not very good getting the right angle and pressure on the taping knife, especially working overhead. I am actually pretty good on walls...very slow but get a good final product. Discovered this morning I get a better result with wetter compound. Don’t have to work as hard either.
 

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I rarely use ceiling paint, I normally get a better looking job using flat wall paint. Any sheen difference between ceiling paint and SuperPaint flat will be negligible.


Personally I wouldn't bother with scaffolding. I'd use a ladder for cutting in and an extension pole for rolling. IMO that's both quicker and easier.
That is my plan. Will use 1/2” nap. I have a nice Wooster extension pole but may need to get a longer one.
 

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Given that it's a garage you may be able to roll a lightweight joint compound on with a roller on a pole. That way you're applying the compound from the ground and getting up on the ladder just to feather it out with the taping knife.
 

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Haven't read all the posts, but from my experience with paint (sold for 17 years and have slapped on a lot), the 'Super Paint Flat' is probably not that flat. The category of 'flat' can include a wide variety of finishes. It is impossible to have a durable finish that is dead flat, except for the 'flat oils' that they sold eons ago. Super Paint flat will have a soft sheen to it. It has to, it is sold as a durable paint. My money says it would make the seems show up even more after painting. ....... Ceiling paints are about as flat as you can get, as they are meant to cover, hide, and touch up easy. they are not made to be 'durable', as they never get touched, and thus usually only have enough resin to make them stick to the surface, and that's about all.

You could go with the BM ceiling paint, or save some money and use a cheap construction grade flat wall paint, but I would avoid the Super Paint on the ceiling.
 
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