When you decide to take on a home painting project, you may forget to think of how you’re going to do the ceilings. Generally, most experienced painters recommend painting the ceilings first. Let’s go over the 5 basic steps to painting a ceiling.
Step 1: Prepare the room.
Before you start painting the ceilings, you’ll need to prepare the room. Preparing the room for ceiling painting involves clearing out as much furniture as possible, putting down tarps, and applying painter’s tape to the walls. If you’re going to be painting the walls after, you may not want to bother applying painter’s tape.
It’s a good idea to move as much furniture out of the room as possible, because it’s very likely that you’ll drip paint in the process of painting the ceiling. If the furniture in the room is too big to be moved, make sure to cover it well with a tarp to prevent paint drippings from damaging it. Also, apply tarps to the floors for extra protection.
Step 2: Prepare yourself.
Painting the ceiling is significantly messier than painting the walls. You’re much more likely to drip paint onto yourself, which means it’s important to wear clothing you’re not afraid to get messy.
When painting the ceiling, you’ll want to wear safety glasses to keep paint specks out of your eyes, a baseball cap to protect your face and hair, and old clothing you don’t mind covering in paint. Don’t forget to wear old shoes, because they’ll certainly be covered in drips of paint.
Step 3: Sand the ceiling.
If your ceiling is flat, you can sand it to remove and lumps and bumps and to create a smooth surface. If you have a textured ceiling, you’ll want to avoid this step.
Sanding the ceiling is a lot easier with a specialized tool, and the recommended tool is called a sanding pole. Sand the ceiling lightly and be sure to clean up any dust that comes off.
Step 4: Cut in the edges.
Many Oakville painters prefer to cut the edges of the ceiling before rolling, because it’s easier to cover up the paintbrush marks after the fact. You can also cut slightly onto the walls, if you’re planning to paint them, so the colour that shows through will be white instead of the old colour of the walls. Make sure to use the right brush for the job, typically this will be a trim brush.
Step 5: Roll paint on.
Roll on your ceiling paint using a good quality roller in even strokes. Make sure you’ve covered the whole ceiling, and work from one end to another. Try not to soak the roller too much or you’ll have more drips and spills to deal with later.
When painting the ceiling, you can use a simple flat white paint, or a specialized ceiling paint. Ceiling paints are designed to dry well on ceilings, which is important, because you want to avoid drips. You can check with your local paint department for the best paint brands for painting the ceilings.