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Question DetailsAsked on 2/11/2014

Can a ceiling be repaired to match the texture of does the whole ceiling have to be redone?

I have 1 foot by 1 foot section of the ceiling which was dry walled after a leak. it does not match the rest of the ceiling and it is very obvious. is there a way to repair this section or does the entire ceiling have to get redone?

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You did not say if this was a textured ceiling or plain drywall or plaster.

In most cases both can be patched and blended in to almost an almost invisable finish. If it is a textured ceiling it becomes almost artwork and when I have one I geneally practice on a scrap of drywall to get the right texture. With paint it is more a question of blending the patch in and care in nailing the patch. It is possible that what you are seeing is the difference in the number of coats of paint between the patch and old.


Answered 6 years ago by ContractorDon


As Don says - an experienced drywall contractor can come quite close to existing surface - either by hand, or with special spray guns tht have different nozzles for different effects. Generally, you want to prime the new section, then do a finish paint coat with a non-linear overlap with adjacent paint. Then see if you need to repaint whole thing to get a decent match or not - generally, if existing paint is more than a couple years old, it has enough dirt and fading that you have to repaint the entire ceiling if you want a really unnoticeable match. Cost probably about $100-150 to match texture, plus from $75-250 painter depending on how much you repaint - or try painting yourself first to see how close you can come, and you can always repaint entire ceiling (or have it done) later if not satisfactory.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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