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    If you have first-hand experience with painting interior spaces in the DR I would like your advice. (no speculation please)

    I am going to paint the walls and ceiling in one of my rooms. White ceiling and light colored walls.

    My problem is the way they are now painted. The ceiling white is painted on a 1" stripe at the top of the walls. I think that is is style that comes from the proper intention of disguising the uneven seam between the walls and ceiling. It is a problem for me in a few ways:

    1) Paint the ceiling first, then wall, then stripe or the walls first the ceiling and stripe with possible drips on the walls.

    2) How to get a straight stripe of ceiling white (freehand or tape)

    For me it is not just getting the walls and ceiling painted. I want them done properly. Otherwise I would hire it out.

    Thanks, Tom

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    Be sure an buy "Painters Tape" it's blue masking tape, it won't pull off the paint when you remove it.
    That "White Stripe" is just a "Poor Man's Crown Molding", I like the "LOOK", and it's FREE!
    Use "Blanco 50" for your ceilings, it a FLAT white.
    I like "Blanco Colonial Claro" (it's a little "Lighter" in color than "Blanco Colonial")Semi Gloss for the walls.
    It has a very slight sheen, it's VERY easy to keep clean, and lasts for many years.
    Paint the ceilings FIRST, over lap the ceiling paint downward about 3 inches onto the walls.
    When dry, I wait 24 hours, depending on the humidity, so the new paint doesn't peel off on the tape later, use the "Painters Tape" on the wall, over the white ceiling paint, you can use 1 inch, or 2 inch tape depending on taste.
    Use the ceiling/wall joint as your guide when putting on the tape.
    The tape goes as tight as possible against the ceiling, pressing down as you go.
    The tape will give you a clean border between the two paints.
    Paint the walls as soon as you put up the tape to insure it's sticking weel.
    If you wait until the next day, the tape will "Unstick" sometimes and you may get a "Bleed" of the wall paint into the border.
    The line between the two paints will come out fine, don't worry about being "Perfect" it will look perfect when done.
    Carefully remove the tape withing 15 to 30 minutes of painting, pull OUT, never down, like from standing on the floor.
    Remove tape like I "Make Love" slow, steady,gently, and boring!
    I use the best quality paint I can buy, usually "Popular".
    I only buy from the "Big Stores" where they sell A LOT of paint, you get fresh paint that way!
    I made the mistake of buying from a tiny "Ferreteria" once, got "Old Paint",(Not The HORSE!) and had to toss it!
    Good luck!
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    CC thank you. Just what I needed.

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    while we're on painting, I've got a paint job in my future. was told because of the humidity in DR it's not as simple as applying paint to wall. was told there was a step first to ensure the paint doesn't peel off the wall. Not a primer, but something else is applied to the wall in humid environments. Any thoughts on this?

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    Paint when it's "Hot,Dry,and Windy" for best results!
    Paint stores sell sealers that keep moisture at bay.
    I use it for ceilings before painting, sometimes.
    Especially in rooms where there are "Filtraciones", leaks/water stains
    I think it MAY be called "Dry Coat"????????
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    I wanted to second what Criss said about using semi-gloss acrylic paint on the walls - when we repainted we switched to that, and what a difference in cleaning and durability.

    We used Tropical paint, he used Popular, same difference I think, both good.




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    I only use the semi-gloss on the walls in the kitchen. The rest of the rooms I always use a satin finish paint which has a slightly less of a gloss to it but still easy to keep clean. One other thing don't always think white for the ceiling. Look on line at home decorating sites to get ideas on colors to use. Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams both have excellent websites for color schemes to use.

    I have not done much painting in the DR but I am a Benjamin Moore fan to the heart. I shipped my paint down in a barrel.

    A coat of primer first works wonders. You can have the primer tinted to match the paint color. One coat of primer and a coat of good quality paint should do the trick.

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    Good point about ceiling color, I was appalled when they painted my kitchen ceiling a sandy beige color to match the walls, but I ended up loving it.

    The semi-gloss paint in DR isn't shiny/glossy like it is in some US brands. I also found that the color depth is stronger/warmer than the flat paint. I don't think they even offer a satin finish, it's either flat or semi-gloss, both acrylic.




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    What is best is to wash down the wall with a solution containing grease cutter, especially if there has been a lot frying going on, such as in the kitchen. mold and grease tend to prevent paint from sticking. Primer is a great idea as well. When I have painted two different colors two colors, I find it helpful to use a three inch bristle brush (as opposed to a foam brush) to paint the darker color last. It is hard to be precise with a roller, particularly a large one. Give paint three days to dry before you put masking tape on it, as the tape can pull off the new paint.

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    Don't forget your wall prep. Scrape any blisters first and fill them in. For the life of me I can't remember the product that's used. Its spread quickly and dries fast. It looks silicon bassed.

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