Has anything been developed to cover spackled ceilings to make them look smooth?

We've had one ceiling with small cracks due to settling. It's difficult to match spackling when painting and a smooth ceiling would update our home.
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  • There are quite a few posts out here on this topic. Do you mean stippled ceilings? Depending on the finish, you can either wet & scrape it off..which mean you will probably need to tape & finish the joints on the ceiling drywall. Builders use stipple because it is cheaper than taping and finishing. If the stippled pattern is fairly shallow, you can skim over & light sand to make them smooth. Either way, it's not the easiest project...HandyANDY has done quite a few of them!

  • 3po3 3po3 on Jan 25, 2012
    Afraid the only thing that can make textured ceilings look smooth is a lot of hard, skilled work. Honestly, I think it is far easier to mess with the texture around a patch than to try and smooth out the whole ceiling. The best way to actually do that might be to start over with new drywall, but that's quite a bit of work, and you have to mud all your seams very carefully to make a clean, smooth finish. There was a good tutorial on here a few days ago about patching drywall cracks: http://www.hometalk.com/activity/129261

  • If you go and try to match the old stuff, practice first on a scrap piece of drywall or plywood, something smooth. Then hold it up to the ceiling and see how close it looks to the old. Matching old texture can be tough and is a bit of an artform.

  • Virgi S Virgi S on Jan 25, 2012
    Thanks so much. I meant stippled. I was hoping for an easier solution but guess that's not possible. I'll leave it to the professionals-it's vaulted and 16' high.

  • Post us a pic! If the texture is very light, you'll want to try and skim it out. Otherwise, it will be a ton of work and fairly expensive. Working on these ceilings is often russian roulette as we don't know what was in the mix until we start the work. It's messy nasty work and not much fun! What are the dimensions of the room? Steve - installing new drywall over the existing textured ceiling is often done...in our market, metro Atlanta, not a good idea as you've now create a potential mold pit as well as a new "vapor" barrier on the vaulted ceiling...which I assume here is right up against the roof. Otherwise, you will see folks install 1/4" over an existing wall or ceiling.

  • Peace Painting Co., Inc. Peace Painting Co., Inc. on Jan 25, 2012
    Yes, Virgi, this is a good candidate for calling a pro. They have the specialized equipment that can knock it out quickly and can quote you a price over the phone if you give them the square feet. Best, Charles

  • Terra Gazelle Terra Gazelle on Mar 30, 2015
    There are beautiful faux tin ceiling tiles...they cover everything and can make a real statement in your home. They are be painted any color. I found them on Amazon.. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=faux+tin+ceiling+tiles

  • Jeani Miller Miner Jeani Miller Miner on Apr 21, 2015
    it sounds like you have a smooth ceiling already with some cracks that are spackled. if this is the case you can use one of two products. wallpaper liner, a membrane that could be pasted to the ceiling and left natural (off white) or painted. We used an embossed wallpaper on our ceiling. it's awesome. it's a natural off white color and comes in several patterns. it's looks like a decorative plaster ceiling when installed. Lincrusta or anaglypta are two of the names it goes by. This can also be painted but we left it natural. Everyone who comes to our home gasps at the beautiful 'plaster' ceilings.

  • Lyn Lyn on Jul 26, 2015
    I have a similar problem in various areas around my house.Someone I knew told me he could fix the cracks in the ceilings and foyer. He told me the builder didn't put the plaster on thick enough which is why it kept re-cracking. Unfortunately his fix was to slather the plaster on thicker over the cracks, but didn't blend it in with the texture on the rest of the ceiling!! It doesn't crack anymore, but it looks hideous! The crack looked better! Now it looks like I tried to cover water damage, which is not good because I want to sell the house! It's not that popcorn texture, but one that they used to apply by stippling with a cabbage, or so I've heard. I also have cracks coming from some of the corners in the archways and doorways on the walls in the house. I'm recently retired and can't afford much. BTW...the builder that built my house practiced so many cheapskate tactics in so many houses, he's been thrown out of the U.S. and is now building in Europe. This house was built in the late '80's, so it must be plasterboard, possibly with plaster over the top.