I took the popcorn off of our bathroom ceiling. I will be putting
primer/sealer on it. What kind of paint is best for bathrooms? Gloss,
semi, flat? Do I need to find a ceiling paint? I will be doing texture do
find the faults. THANKS for any good answers. Kim
Make sure you have adequate ventilation or you might find the paint
blistering after a few weeks. Specifically, a vent fan to remove the
moisture from the bathroom during showers, wreaks havoc on new paint.
Flat absorbs moisture, so don't use that. Use something with a gloss,
which provides a hard-shell barrier. How much gloss -- semi-gloss,
gloss, high gloss -- is up to you. Satin would work too.
I'd do 2 finish coats and avoid using the shower the day you finish the
Latex works fine -- if you want to use oil-based, you can, but I find
it's unnecessary. And you have to keep using oil-based if and when you
decide to repaint.
"Ceiling paints" are typically flat and denote nothing more than a
particular color. There are probably ceiling paints marketed for
specific applications, but it's nothing more than marketing. It's like
that hardware store that use to advertise "Kids Paint" -- a special
paint for kids' rooms that allowed you to clean the walls. All it was
was regular satin finish latex paint.
Clean, dry, free of grease and dust. Go to a real paint store. Alkyd
semigloss is nice for doors and trim, because it takes a beating, cleans
easily, and is easier to paint over. Latex semi for walls. Gloss, IMO,
is more difficult to apply and shows defects more. Buy a primer suited
for your surface and paint product.
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