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  •  Faking level (8+ / 0-)

    The more pattern a surface has and the less glossy the paint, the less likely it is that you'll see that it's not level.  Plus, if anyone is checking your ceiling for level, they deserve what they get!

    A while ago, one of the boat magazines I read (I promise, just for the articles!) has a piece entitled "In Defense of Flat Paint" talking about all the lumps and bumps that flat paint hides.  

    The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter. -Mark Twain

    by boatgeek on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 08:58:36 AM PST

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    •  Exactly! (7+ / 0-)

      Flat paint is like a big old bandaid.

      Can you call yourself a real liberal if you aren't reading driftglass?

      by CJB on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 09:02:08 AM PST

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      •  I prefer eggshell - one level above flat (6+ / 0-)

        Eggshell finishes hide almost as well as flat, are more resistant to smudges, scrapes, and dirt, clean more easily, and hide almost as well as flat.

        Had to paint gloss finishes on many commercial jobs, mostly office trim, bathrooms, and kitchens; it's nearly impossible to make it look good on surfaces not prepped properly - it shows everything! That was my specialty in the Painter's Union, and the reason I was bumped to "mechanic" instead of a grunt the first month. (higher pay rate, too - yay!) Took a long time to fully learn how to apply it properly, but the results are worth it if you have to use it.

        Especially when painting cars!

        "...greed and selfishness and striving for undue riches can never bring lasting happiness or good to the individual or to his neighbors." FDR

        by CodeTalker on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 10:49:42 AM PST

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