Is it possible to paint a popcorn ceiling with a roller without losing too
much of the texture? Does it do a good job? How about brushes, or does it
have to be sprayed to do it correctly? Thanks.
My husband painted ours. He started out with one of the special
rollers that was supposed to be for painting popcorn ceilings ... it
didn't look too good. He switched to an ordinary - but fuzzy - one
and it looked a lot better. We have a cathedral ceiling and it's
really too high for us to do a good job though. I think next time I
see if I can get someone to come in and just paint the ceiling. We
can manage the rest.
The trick is to using an oil primer followed by whatever top coat (I went
with latex for ease of cleanup and future painting). I used a split foam
roller designed for such a task and I couldn't be happier.
I've done a considerable number of them, especially in some of the
local condo complexes. I use Benjamin Moore Regal Wall Satin and apply
it with a high quality 3/4" nap roller. Don't overwork an area. Get
the paint on quickly then move over before the carrier gets a chance
to soften. If you do miss a spot, let the surrounding area dry before
you touch it up. Cover everything well and wear a hat. That nap roller
over popcorn will spatter a bit.
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