Ceiling has patches that look chalky.

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Denise asked 9 years ago

I’m a first time painter and do not like the way the ceiling turned out. I first used a flat white ceiling paint but didn’t think it looked uniform. I opted for a second coat of super white eggshell.

The ceiling now has patches that look chalky and I don’t know what can be done to make it look better.

I certainly would appreciate any suggestions you may have.

8 Answers
Anonymous answered.

This is my very last question and thank you for helping me with my dilemma.

When I paint a ceiling one color (white) and the walls another color is there anything other than the blue tape to help minimize the sometimes overlap? I do use a cut in brush.

You make painting seem easy and even somewhat enjoyable.

Crowder Painting answered.

The ceiling must have turned out nice. You do have some choices to try when cutting in the wall color to the ceiling. 90% of the time I free hand with a good brush. But, sometimes tape and a little help does make things better.

1) Cutting in to a rough texture is very difficult. The paint just wants to follow the texture and not necessarily a straight line. In this case a little white paintable caulking applied at the corner can make free hand cutting in much easier. It doesn't take much.

2) Tape can still be used but this time a little caulking applied to its edge will seal it and give you a perfect line. Works good for difficult corners.

3) Regular blue tape does a good job most of the time, but there is another option I have tried. It's called Frog tape. This stuff is a little strange. The edge of the tape swells just a little when wet (paint) and stops the bleed through. It's a little pricey but worth a try if free hand brushing or blue tape isn't working.

Try to free hand it first. I know, it takes practice but imagine the money you are saving now and what you will save in the future. Becoming good at painting takes a steady hand and some practice, it's a skill worth knowing. If free handing isn't for you try the tape and caulking combo. This really does work well. Remember you don't need much caulking to seal the edge of the tape and make sure it is regular paintable caulking. Let everything set up before removing the tape.

Anonymous answered.

Just want you to know all your suggestions have been so helpful.

Have a Great Day!