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JRussell Williams
Painting Orange Peel Walls

I am having trouble with orange peel finish drywall when I use ceiling white and another color for walls. The rough seams between ceiling and wall are difficult to paint evenly. This is also a problem where two walls meet and I paint them different colors on the orange peel. What can I do to guarantee an even paint? The house builder sprayed ceiling and walls the same color thus eliminating any paint problem.

ordjen
Re: Painting Orange Peel Walls

J Rusell Williams,

You have identified a common problem in those areas of the country where texture is sprayed over all the ceiling and wall surfaces.Together with the same white on ceilings and walls, it is difficult to identify exactyly where the ceiling line is!

One trick I like to use, is to take a sharp pencil and draw it lightly along the ceiling line at a low angle. The fine resulting line gives your eye a target upon which to fix. If you ere, ere to going slightly under this line as it will look much better from down low than if you go above it and slightly hit the ceiling.

When cutting in the ceiling line, it takes at least three passes with the brush to get a good line. Your first pass should be about 1/4 inch down from the line. You will notice a ridge of paint off the upper edge of your brush as it moves along. Your second pass will move this ridge of paint closer to the ceiling line. Your final pass will then come up to the line. For this final pass, I like to give my had a slight shaking motion, this to allow the brush bristles to vibrate down into the "valleys" of the wall texture.

You should buy the best brush you can afford. I personally like Purdy brushes. For cutting ceiling lines, I prefer a 2 1/2 inch angular brush.

One other trick some painters use to lessen the texture in the corner, is to run a small bead of latex caulk along the ceiling line to somewhat lessen the ins and outs of the texture.

In a new house, that has the usual contractors grade paint on it, often a piece of sharply folded sandpaper can be run along to corner to knock down some of the texture. Contractors grade paint has a high degree of chalk in it and can be somewhat knocked down. This was especially effective when encountering "popcorn" ceilings which had not yet been painted.

A. Spruce
Re: Painting Orange Peel Walls
ordjen wrote:

One other trick some painters use to lessen the texture in the corner, is to run a small bead of latex caulk along the ceiling line to somewhat lessen the ins and outs of the texture.

This is the #1 easiest way to get a clean, sharp cut in line. The caulk fills in the "valleys" of the texture and gives you a smooth surface for a good line. It also makes the brush edge glide better, depositing paint where you want it rather than where you don't.

It doesn't take much caulk to accomplish this task, so make sure you cut the smallest hole possible in the tip of the tube and apply an even bead along the length of the corner joint. When you lay it off, use a wet finger, using short strokes to press the caulk into the corner and remove the excess, wipe your finger after each stroke. Follow with a single stroke in the opposite direction for a completely smooth joint.

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