Repainting stained ceiling


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Hi guys. We finally bought a house yesterday, everything is fine but one thing. The ceiling in the bedroom is pale yellow and there are a couple of water stains in the corner. So we think the ceiling definitely needs repainting.

Now we're looking for good ceiling paint and primer. By the way, do we really need to use a primer? Having read several sites now I think that Benjamin Moore is a great brand for painting ceiling but I may be wrong. What do you think about this brand? It is really that good? There are at least 2 top options: Ultra Premium and Muresco, not sure which is better.

We need your help, thanks!
 
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For me, it's Ultra Premium.
Thanks for the answer! Could you tell me please why Ultra Premium is better for you than Muresco? I read this article about ceiling paints and still can't get it, they have pretty the same properties. You aren't the only one who recommended Ultra Premium, but nobody says why :) It would be interesting to know since Muresco seems to be a good choice too.
 
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Welcome to the forum Mark. I am just wondering- have you found the root cause of the stain? If you have, has it been properly repaired? Seeing that this is your own house you want to be sure to fix it properly.
 
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As previously mentioned you will for sure want to make sure the leak has been fixed properly or all your hard work of repainting will be for nothing. Once you establish that the leak is for sure fixed here are a few tips from a paint specialist. You do not have to prime the whole ceiling unless you want to use a color lighter than the current color, but you will need to spot prime the stains. You will need to use a Kilz or Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 primer, as they are made to seal a water stains. If you decide you do need to primer the whole ceiling you can use the Kilz or Zinsser if you want but you wouldn't have to, you could use something cheaper for the rest. Whatever you do though DO NOT buy into the whole paint-primer in one. It basically means nothing, while it may be a better paint it doesn't actually have primer it. Paint-Primer in one simply means the paint has primer like properties...it's NOT a primer. I have never used Benjamin Moore myself so I can't judge it. All I can say is the contractors that I sold to around my area use Pratt & Lambert Pro Hide Gold Ultra even if a customer had colors, previous paint cans, or samples from another paint company.
 

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