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More words please.

A guy is trying to tell me that it's more labor to paint Level 4 than it is knockdown texture. Is this true?
You really did not give much info. What part of the country are you in and what is more common there, flat walls or knockdown? Is the wall at a level 4 right now as described in this link?

https://constructiondesignworks.net/levels-of-drywall-finishes/

Maybe this "guy" (is he a professional painter or what?) is trying to say that there is more labor to get ceilings and walls to a level 4 finish before painting than it is to get ceilings and walls into a knockdown finish that is ready to prime and paint.

You need to give more information on the situation that you are asking about.

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A guy is trying to tell me that it's more labor to paint Level 4 than it is knockdown texture. Is this true?
You really did not give much info. What part of the country are you in and what is more common there, flat walls or knockdown? Is the wall at a level 4 right now as described in this link?

https://constructiondesignworks.net/levels-of-drywall-finishes/

Maybe this "guy" (is he a professional painter or what?) is trying to say that there is more labor to get ceilings and walls to a level 4 finish before painting than it is to get ceilings and walls into a knockdown finish that is ready to prime and paint.

You need to give more information on the situation that you are asking about.

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He's saying the painting takes more work.

Yes that's level 4
 

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It takes a little more skill to apply a nice even coat of satin enamel over a slick surface than it does over a textured surface. Flat paints are more forgiving than enamels. IMO it isn't more work to apply satin paint over a level 4 but those with lesser skill might have issues getting it to look good.
 

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Yes. Smooth wall is more work than painting knockdown. With smooth wall, you need to look for, and repair any dings/defects, and you need to put more effort into rolling to make sure the paint is applied evenly, and laid off nicely. Textures, are a lot more forgiving when painting over. You can use bigger napped rollers, and dont need to shine lights down to find defects, and dont need to be as concerned about laying off the paint.


I charge a little more for smooth wall paints when its new, but not for a repaint, unless it needs mudwork.
 
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