stempling cielings-How To

I am redoing a rental property and need help? The ceilings have had two different types of paint used and has caused a mess, the paint is peiling off. To make it easy on myself I would like to stemple the ceilings but have never done this, can anyone be of help to me? Thanks
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It sounds as if you may live across the pond. I don't know the term stempling (spell checker and answers.com don't either) but I am guessing you are referring to adding a decorative pattern or swirl to the ceiling.
US terminology - texture.
Too many questions to answer question well. Peeling paint would indicate there was grease or other contaminant that should have been cleaned before the last paint. There is nothing I know of that will fix this short of peeling off the unstuck material. Wash all surfaces with a cleaner - real TSP is one of the best (make sure it really is trisodium phosphate).
Drywall compound will stick to almost any clean sound surface. It can be dabbed on with a brush; scrunched on with a sponge, rag, or crumpled up newspaper; rolled on with a roller; splattered on with a texture gun; trowelled on with a notched trowel or skip applied; it can be knocked down or not. Practice on a scrap piece of drywall, cardboard, or sheathing to get the effect you want.
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DanG, Thanks, I wasn't sure what the correct termenology was, I just knew what I wanted to do LOL. and wise as you are you figured out what I meant as well. So after I clean the surface I just dip the brush in the drywall, Do i need to paint the celing with any type of paint first. Oh and by the way I am across the pond I live in Alabama, never could spell and I am getting to be an old lady so I have CRS. LOL Your advice is helpful Thank You Pam
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Do you mean 'stipple'?
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wrote:

Putting stipple texture on poorly applied older paint is a recipe for even more problems, and falling stipple. Better to try to remove poorly-applied layer, clean older paint layer underneath, prime, and paint with a rough roller, to give some surface relief. Roger
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