If you've ever had to paint a ceiling, you know it can be a difficult and tedious process. Streaking can be a problem. However, with a few simple steps, you can have a ceiling that looks like it was done by a professional.
- Skill level:
Things you need
- Cloth or sponge
- Drop cloths
- Painter's tape
- Plastic sheets
- Paint tray
- 2 paintbrushes
- 2 rollers
- Extension roller
Remove all furniture and anything hanging on the walls. Furniture can be pulled away from the walls and covered with drop cloths, but be sure it's completely covered. A single splatter of paint can ruin your upholstery.
Wash the ceiling. Using a sponge or wet cloth and soap and water, wipe any dust, cobwebs or other dirt and grime off the surface. Removing dirt prevents streaking.
Wait for the ceiling to dry, then put painter's tape along the edges in the areas where the wall meets the ceiling.
Put up sheets of plastic to cover the walls, especially if you tend to be a messy painter.
Prep the Room
Paint a cut-in line around the edge of the ceiling with the paintbrush, using a stain-blocking primer like Kilz to eliminate streaking. Your cut-in line should be two to three inches wide.
Prime your ceiling while the cut-in line is still wet. With an extension roller, use the primer to coat the entire ceiling. To get the best primer coverage, move the roller in a W motion and then even the coverage out with straight strokes.
Make sure the primer dries completely before painting.
Paint a cut-in line around the ceiling with the paint, using the second paintbrush. The cut-in line should be two to three inches wide.
Paint the ceiling while the cut-in line is still wet. Using an extension roller with a new, clean roller, coat the entire ceiling. You want to move the roller in a zigzag motion and then even the coverage out with straight strokes.
Examine your work. With the roller, go over any areas where the paint seems too thick. Allow the paint to dry completely.
Tips and warnings
- Clean your brushes and rollers between priming and painting. You may only need one of each.
- Remember to roll your roller along your paint tray a few times before touching the roller to your ceiling. This will minimise or eliminate any dripping.
- Use a longer-nap roller for rougher, uneven surfaces. Use a smaller-nap roller for smooth surfaces.
- Wait until your paint has completely dried before removing the painter's tape, plastic or drop cloths.
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