How to Paint a Ceiling

When you think about the most neglected parts of the house, ceiling maybe popped in your mind. Just like the corners of a room, ceiling is an area which we often ignored. Though so, ceiling have important roles. It helps to insulate the house from the elements better. It also adds the aesthetic value to the room. Except when you forgot to repaint it.

Now talk about painting the ceiling, you can do it yourself. How to paint a ceiling? You probably asked, because you’ve never done it before. Here we bring you several useful tips of painting a ceiling. Let’s see.

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Sand first, Paint later

The problem of often repainted ceiling is its surface get bumpy and uneven, mainly for the flat ceiling. It gives ugly look, even if you repaint it again. The bumps are still there. To avoid the problem, sand the ceiling before you repaint it. Use 100-grit drywall sanding paper, and sand the ceiling of the old paint until the surface feels flat and even. Clean the ceiling surface off sanding dust with vacuum cleaner. Lastly, wipe the ceiling with damp cloth/sponge to further remove the dirt of the surface. Let it dry fully before applying paint.

Find the Suitable Roller Cover

Paint a ceiling can be a messy business if you have no clue about it before. You face will full of spatter and spills. Now, how to paint a ceiling without much splatter or dripping? You need a roller cover which can fix much of the paint on the ceiling quickly with the smallest amount of spatters.  For the purpose, find a thick quality cover. If you still in the dark on this matter, try to invest your budget on a 1/2-in.-nap lambswool cover. It helps. It also is durable and easy to clean for the next painting.

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Forget the Paint Pole, Improvise

You see various paint poles in the market. They are extendable and looks easy and chic to use. But, anyway, do you really need them? If budget is not a problem, do get the pole. But if you feel you can use your broom handle to help doing the painting job, why not use it? Anyway, it won’t cost you a cent. So, if you can improvise upon the stuff around you to help easing the job, do it.  

You Need a Special Ceiling Paint

You probably think that there’s no difference between a wall paint and a ceiling paint. In certain cases it does. But, if you want special result, it’s better if you use a special ceiling paint. It has special characters as well, like not easily to spatter, has matte look, and dries more slowly. Not only white, you can always have your favorite colors on the ceiling.

Don’t Forget the Hat and Glasses, Avoid any Paint Freckles

As a beginner in ceiling painting, your chance of getting paint freckles is big. To avoid it, use a baseball cap. It helps to protect your hair and most of the face. You also need to shield your eyes from the freckles as well. So, use safety glasses. In short, don’t forget the glasses and baseball hat. It makes a good combination to get rid of any paint freckles. 

It’s OK to have a Colored Ceiling

As previously said, you can have colored ceiling. If you love to experiment with color, a colored ceiling is your next project. It makes your room more vibrant, it also give a personalized air to the room. If you have any difficulties in deciding the right color, consult the nearest paint shop for better color combination between ceiling and wall colors. A look into the web can also sparks your color ideas.

Cover Ceiling Flaws with Stain Blocking Primer

Your ceiling can get dirty from many factors, like roof leaks, spills, or even smoke. To bring back the old color you can’t repaint the ceiling directly onto it. It just won’t work. The dirt still there, and you even can see them. Instead, cover them first with primer, a stain blocker primer type. A pigmented shellac will do. If you want to repaint later, choose white color. This primer is available in spray can and typical primer style (with brush).

Always make a Cut In before painting

Start your painting from the very edges of the ceiling. You need to make a cut in first. Use brush and make the cut in. Make it just a section at a time, not the whole edges. With the sectional cut in, the chance of blending of the cut in paint with the rest of the paint rolled near it is still big, as the cut in paint still wet. So, it’s better to make a cut in first, before rolling the paint on the ceiling.

Roll in Both Directions to Make Smooth and Consistent paint Quality

If you want to have a consistent finish, roll the paint in both directions.  Do the painting in sections (each in around 5 ft. square). Make sure that the edge of each sections doesn’t dry before you join them (to avoid lap marks). So you need to work considerably fast. To get total smooth covering, repaint the surface at a right angle to the direction of the previous rolling.   

How to Paint Textured Ceiling?

Compared to flat ceiling, painting a textured ceiling can be so challenging for a beginner. If your ceiling has already painted before, it’s safe to repaint the ceiling. But, if you have a new textured ceiling, you have the risk to lose the structure, because the water content of the paint could make it fragile. If possible, use spray paint. If not, just don’t overwork the textures, like rolling it back and forth with roller. If you need to add coats, wait for the first coat to dry completely. Then paint again perpendicularly to the direction of the previous painting direction. In short, just be careful when painting a textured ceiling.  

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So, that’s some little guide to answer question of how to paint a ceiling. The approaches are simple. All you need is a better paint, good tools, patience, and careful planning. But it’ll worth it. You’ll have a chic ceiling, and you proud of it –because you’re the one who can make it possible.



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