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Hi Folks,


I would think the answer is pretty well, but I am not sure. Just like a black car really shows dirt, how well does a black ceiling hide the imperfections of a DIY drywaller. Some imperfections I am referring to are: crowned seams (I don't think I have that problems), marks left by the sander flipping over, small bubbles, etc.


Since the walls will be covered with GOM and the ceiling painted very dark (probably black), that means I only have to be really good on my soffits.


Or am I wrong? :)


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Hal
 

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It is more a matter of lighting and sheen than color. If you use flat paint that will help. If you have any light source that throws any light in a parallel path on the ceiling it will highlight the imperfections. This can be from a window or recessed can of surface mounted fixture. A dark room of course will hide a lot. Make your jugement after the primer is applied when you can still go back and rework the problems if need be. After the finish paint is on you will have trouble fixing things. Remember that a projector will also throw light on the ceiling to some degree and it is a parallel path. But then again people should be looking at the screen not the drywall workmanship!!
 

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Dark ceilings do not hide imperfections well. I had a dark grey ceiling in my old HT that I tried to finish and the seams still stood out. We had to popcorn it to hide them, and even then with a light close to the ceiling (as Wayne states above) they still were obvious.
 

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The fact is: paint makes the imperfections more noticeable, not less.
 

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Imperfections: Dark glossy paint = bad. Light flat paint = hides them. That's why builders, especially production, always let you pick from light paints. I custom built a house and I was give about 50,000 colors to choose from, but they were all a shade of white, and flat. When I wanted to go darker and eggshell finish, they wanted to charge me $5K. I chose white, then painted my color once I got in. Then I fixed the drywall imperfections that were emphasized and repainted again.
 

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I guess in short, the answer is.... you are wrong. Dark ceilings will show then imperfections, so spend the extra day or two and get it right.


Thanks for all the treat replies. I will definitely try and fix all imperfections with either additional layers of mud or more sanding. After using a tinted primer, I will check it out again, and fix any issues.


Art, I love the Feng Shui tenant. I will definitely use this when ever someone criticizes how long it takes me to do something. However, now I am afraid that after my HT is done, I am going to be even more tired than I am now. :)


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- Hal
 
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