Brian Dobbs said:Awesome and informative thread. thank you!
Wayne Pennell said:What is really the best type of glow paint to use? I have seen your posts about stencils too. is there one for the cosmic clouds or is this done by brush?
I am planning a nightsky celling
need to know what paint to use
Rcs476 said:I saw your ceilings on another forum, they're stunning.
pmcclung said:First i would like to say, WOW. I really like the room with the beams. I have a similar ceiling in my HT, (but no stars, or murals)
I was looking into F.O. and stumbled onto your forum post here.
I would like to know where and what type of paint i need, and can you use other colors like red, or am I limited to one color.
I would like to try my luck on my closet ceiling first then if i do good, great. if not could you recommend a pro in my area.
I live in Houston, Tx.
dmiller68 said:Very cool stuff. I have thought about doing this in my room.
True... and I mentioned them above in another answer that I gave. You can also get good paint at a place called Ready Set Glow (www.ReadySetGlo.com). There may be others and I can research it for anyone who would like. I can also help you out with paint if you don't want to go to one of those places too. My business isn't selling paint or other products, but I can be talked into it. And, it will be as good, or better than the other places. My paint is specifically made for star murals. But, I am sure that the other guys will sell paint that will work just as nicely. In fact, I just painted a mural for a customer in Florida who bought paint from Glowinc and I was very impressed with it. I saw it in the bottle, not on his ceiling because he'd followed their "free" techniques and was embarrassed by what he turned up with.Starman55 said:You can get the paint at GlowInc.com...
I just mentioned the experience of one customer of mine who'd used their free techniques. He ended up painting over what he'd painted and called me. Having painted star-murals for over 20 years (close to 25), I can tell you that what is offered there are not what you want. They are there to get people thinking they can paint murals... and then they sell them the paint needed. They are a paint store first, with ideas and techniques for projects, to give them a reason to buy paint. But, as I mentioned above... they do have good paint.Starman55 said:...as well as learn the techniques necessary to do your own.
Since our drive-by poster suggested starting out on paper first, then moving up to a spare bathroom... I would also suggest that the paper be toilet paper. Then, you can just flush it when you get frustrated with the outcome.Starman55 said:Just practice on paper to get the techniques down and then make your first ceiling a spare bathroom or small bedroom.
(Sigh) This guy sounds like someone new to MLM who knows everything about a subject that he knows nothing about. You actually can get what you pay for. And, from what I saw on the link he posted... $4 would actually be way overpaying. For most of what is on the market, that I have seen... $4 is a little pricey, but there are some muralists work that I have seen that I would consider to be worth well over his $4 suggestion. But, they are not the rule, but the exception. In the spirit of full disclosure, I charge between $7 and $12 per sf. And, I am busier than I can handle right now.Starman55 said:And don't ever pay more than four dollars a square foot for someone else to do it unless you live in an auditorium and/or want a multitude of special features.
What? This is NOT rocket science??? What will I tell my wife? OK, very true, this really isn;t rocket science. But, there are things that a good painter of star murals knows that enable him to paint an incredibly realistic mural. I have a guy working on my basement right now (no, he isn't a rocket scientist) who gave me a bid to finish a few rooms downstairs, plus cut a hole in the concrete foundation and add stairs leading out of the basement. In talking with him... I decided that I needed to talk with someone who actually did footings, walls and stairs. While my inside guy is a master at putting up 2 x 4 walls, running electricity, and has great ideas... he made me nervous about doing a retaining wall and stairs outside where my kids would be playing. So, I opted for the expert to do the outside stairs... which effectively tripled the cost of finishing the basement. But, it will be worth it and I will enjoy those stairs, with no regrets for years to come.Starman55 said:Contrary to what they would have you believe, it ain't rocket science.
I think anyone interested should go over and see what they have to offer. For paint... they are good. But, be careful of what they teach as far as painting instructions. Just as a case-in-point... let me show you samples of what those techniques produced over at that link:Starman55 said:
Renee from AZ said:WOW ! Your work is beautiful. I want to have this done in my theatre room. The problem is that it is in Kingman, AZ. But we have an endless supply of cookies : ) I am sort of a copy artist & can do a decent job if I can look @ something. This is a little more difficult than other projects I have done. Any & all help you can give me would be greatly appreciated by me & any who will be in the room when the lights go out. Do you plan on visiting the Kingman area anytime soon, or know anyone you could recommend? Once again, you are gifted @ what you do.
ohananapili said:Hi: I just read the blog and saw the pics of your star ceilings. I am doing a sort of low level DiY home theater. Its a small room about 12X14 with a low (7ft) flat ceiling. My plan is to give the room a retro tropical look using brown for the walls and some poster art and artificial tropical flowers etc..I am not an artist so I would need a professional to do the star ceiling if I went ahead with it.
Would a star ceiling work in this room... Would it give the room a feeling of greater openness and height...or would it have less impact due to the flat low ceiling?
How can we discuss this further?
SummerNights said:I have been working in Fiber Optic Star field ceilings for over 7 years, and I tend to favor the fiber optic lighting instead of just the painted on stars..the real light shining makes it more dimensional and more of the planetarium feel that we all loved as children and adults. ! However both effects are beautiful all depending on the persons taste and preference! There is never a ceiling the same...always custom star placement for every persons space. Childrens room are one of my favorite to install..as the childs eyes light up like christmas knowing they are sleeping under the stars in their very own room... Parents have used this installation for helping with a child wanting to sleep in their own beds etc... Bedrooms are also a wonderful and very unique effect to have when falling asleep..something magical with the feel of being outside under the stars. It's truly a relaxing and stress relieving feature to have in your home decor. ! I offer several different styles under my Summer Nights Collection...from shooting stars, north star , big and little dippers, fireworks, ...to actual astrological signs and exact replica of the night sky when a couple was married. The sky is truly the limit when working with fiber optic lighting. Lights me up !
Carlos 31 said:Hi NightSky,
I am from Brisbane Australia and am just about to start painting my thearte room. I was impressed with the first photo on your page with the raked soffit ceiling you did.
I would like to achieve the same nightsky effect. I have similar construction method with black uplighting onto a plasterboard ceiling.
A few questions. What was the base colour, brand of paint and acrylic or enamel?(looks like a sky blue)? Also what was the glow paint you used? Do the blacklights need to be on dimmers?
Open to any other suggestions that may be of help.
Regards Carlos 31
Krunch said:Thanks for being so thorough! I have a few questions, if you could please take time to answer:
Where are you located (subsequently, can I hire you near Chicago?)
I'm in the building stages, where should I add outlets, etc?
I want to do this in my son's Star Wars bedroom- any other creative suggestions?
I'm a pretty good painter,may even attempt this myself- any paint recommendations?
Thanks for your time,
Jim Kerr said:Can you please call me - 916 662 6195