We are selling our house and the family room has a cathedral ceiling
in it as well as a wood stove. The room looks a bit dingy and the
corners as well as some parts of the ceiling have dark areas from the
wood stove soot. As I don't have scaffolding, just a 6' step ladder
and a 24' extension, I want to do this with minimal effort. That
means one coat. I plan on using the best Benjamin Moore paint to get
good coverage. Should I attempt to wash off the soot before painting
or just paint over it? Is there a possibility of it bleeding
through? The soot is very faint, but if you stand back and look at
the whole room, it is apparent.
Can You use a brush extension on a vacuum? Just get more hose and a
long 2x2 taped to the extension and walk around vacuuming..Most paints
call for dust-free surfaces,,as well as oil and grease-free..It is
tough to follow every specification for some products but each one
ignored is a possible problem so follow as many as You can then pay
Yer $ and take Yer chance..
Soot will be very fine and try to clog the filter/bag so be
prepared to change/clean it a time or two..Buy/borrow a shopvac for
more power and a onetime pass,,the softer the brush extensions
bristles are will mean less scratching of existing surface..
Scaffolding can be rented cheaply almost anywhere and is much safer than
ladders for a job like this and will make it go much more quickly. As
for the painting, if you want it to go well you need to remove as much
dirt as you can. Since yours is likely to be dry dirt, unlike the greasy
stuff one finds on kitchen walls, vacuuming as another poster suggested
would probably be the best bet.
If you wash off the soot you might not have to repaint, so you should
clean it first. Any time you're doing painting, you should plan on
cleaning it first - most painting problems start with inadequate
preparation. Rent or borrow some taller step ladders or a rolling
scaffold, commonly referred to as a "baker".
Frankly it might not be worth your time, money and sweat to paint the
ceiling if the soot is very faint. The new owner will doubtless have
plans for freshening up the paint here and there, and pros could take
care of that ceiling a hell of a lot faster than you could (cheap for
the new owner to wrap in to the rest of the painting). You could get
a written estimate from a painter for taking care of the ceiling and
give that to the new-owner-to-be if they start making noise about the
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