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Mud swirl ceiling

I have a mud swirl ceiling and water dropped through from upstairs and now there's a water stain. I was wondering if I could paint over the mud swirl
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Posted 2013-11-12T18:33:46+0000  by Megmace Megmace
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Posted 2013-11-12T19:02:32+0000  by Shelley_HD_CHI

Hello megmace!


We commonly call that swirl pattern Stippling or Stippled Ceilings.


When they installed your ceiling, sheetrock mud was thinned slightly and skimmed onto the surface.


A pole-mounted stippling brush was pressed into the skim coat, twisted slightly, and pulled down ... making that pattern.

 stippling brush.jpg

Once re-wet from a leak above, the ceiling usually develops a dark circular water mark.


Sealing water stains is as simple as using an oil-based primer over the area.


In about an hour, you can use ceiling paint over the oil-based primer.



Although this sounds relatively easy, oil primer often sits higher on the surface, known as "flashing"


Flashing causes your water-based ceiling paint to sit higher on the surface than the surrounding ceiling.


So, if your repair is noticeable, you may have to prime the entire area with oil-based primer to even the coating.

 Zinsser Cover Stain.jpg


Modern paint and primer products include water-based paints for ceilings.


When covering a water stain, I still recommend oil-based primer first to ensure the stain doesn't bleed back through.

Posted 2013-11-12T20:19:20+0000  by Pat_HD_ATL
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