How to paint an Artex ceiling

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How to paint an Artex ceiling
Use a roller and diluted emulsion to prepare an Artex ceiling. (Du?an Kosti?/iStock/Getty Images)

Artex is a surface coating that produces a textured appearance on ceilings. To paint an Artex ceiling, you'll need to employ a particular application strategy because Artex is uncommonly porous and soaks up a large amount of paint. If you apply an initial diluted coat of paint you saturate the texture and create a surface more suited to an even coverage free of skips and streaks.

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Things you need

  • Painter's tape
  • Plastic dust sheets
  • Heavy-duty fabric dust sheets
  • 22 litre bucket
  • White spirit
  • Measuring cup
  • Wooden stir stick
  • Emulsion paint
  • Roller frame
  • Roller extension pole
  • Nap roller cover
  • 8 cm to 10 cm latex paintbrush
  • Stepladder
  • Goggles

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  1. 1

    Remove all furniture and electronics from the room.

  2. 2

    Cover the flooring with plastic dust sheets. Lay fabric dust sheets on top of the plastic ones. Protect surfaces on and adjacent to the Artex ceiling by covering them with a low-tack painter's tape.

  3. 3

    Pour 9 litres of emulsion paint into the bucket. Dilute the emulsion paint by stirring in 120 ml of white spirit. Stir for five minutes.

  4. 4

    Apply the diluted emulsion paint onto the Artex ceiling using the roller. Wait three hours for the first coat of diluted paint to dry.

  5. 5

    Apply a coat of undiluted emulsion paint to the Artex ceiling.

Tips and warnings

  • Wear goggles to prevent paint drips from getting in your eyes.
  • Use a the latex paintbrush to paint areas of the Artex ceiling inaccessible to the roller.
  • Read the label on your emulsion paint to ensure that it is oil-based. If the emulsion paint is water-based, add water instead of white spirit.
  • Do not apply two coats of undiluted emulsion paint to an Artex ceiling, as this may result in a streaky finish.
  • Read the safety guide on the side of the stepladder before you begin working.
  • Diluted emulsion paint is prone to heavy dripping. Do not use a plain fabric dust sheet alone because paint may soak through onto the underlying floor. Do not use a plastic dust sheet alone, because paint drips may pool.

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