How to Use Berger Paint

Updated February 21, 2017

Berger offers a complete line of paints for all types of surfaces, including walls, ceilings, wood and metal. If you are planning a decorating project using Berger paints, remember the following advice from author Mike Lawrence: "Modern paints have excellent adhesion and covering power, but to get the best from them, they must be given a good start by preparing the surface thoroughly." Make sure you review the list below and purchase good quality items before you start your project.

Clear as much furniture as possible from the room you are painting. Push large pieces into the middle of the floor, and cover with plastic sheeting. Also remove any rugs, pictures or mirrors, then cover the floor with dust sheets.

Apply masking tape to the edges of light fittings, wall switches and sockets.

Apply filler to any cracks, gaps and holes in the ceiling, walls or trim. Once the filler is dry, sand the surface smooth along with any existing rough patches on the plaster.

Vacuum the ceiling, walls and woodwork carefully to remove all dust. If necessary, wash all surfaces with a solution of mild detergent and warm water. Open the windows and allow everything to dry thoroughly.

To paint the ceiling, use a 3-inch brush along the edges. Pour paint into your roller tray or paint pad applicator tray. Load your roller or pad, and paint the rest of the ceiling.

When painting the walls, cut in along trim edges, window frames and door frames. Use a small paint brush for greater control, and paint a narrow, straight edge along the top of the walls where they join the ceiling.

Pour paint into your roller or paint pad tray, and apply it carefully to the walls. Let the paint dry thoroughly for several hours before applying a second coat. This second application should also dry for several hours.

Before painting your woodwork, apply knotting solution to any knots that show through the old paint. Allow it to dry, then use an appropriately sized paint brush to apply the first coat of Berger paint for wood. Do this slowly and carefully, smoothing out any runs as soon as you notice them.

Allow the first coat of wood paint to dry overnight. Lightly sand it, and apply a second coat. Allow this paint to dry overnight before removing all protective coverings and replacing all items in the room.


If using a roller to apply paint, use a series of diagonal, overlapping strokes. Blend the two areas together using a series of vertical strokes running parallel to corners and edges. If using a paint pad on walls and ceilings, apply the paint in a series of parallel bands that overlap. Clean equipment in warm water and detergent. Rinse thoroughly and allow it to dry. Clean equipment used to apply oil-based paint with brush cleaner before washing, rinsing and drying.


Remove any accidental paint drips before they dry. Always put the lid back on the paint tin to protect the paint.

Things You'll Need

  • Dust sheets
  • Furniture covers
  • Masking tape
  • Sandpaper
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Paint brushes
  • Rollers
  • Paint pads
  • Berger paint
  • Brush cleaner
  • Cloths
  • Mild detergent
  • Knotting solution
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About the Author

Belfast-based Neil Greenlees was made redundant in March 2009 after working as a reporter for 26 years. For most of his career he was a senior journalist with ''The Ulster Star," a weekly newspaper covering the Lisburn and South Belfast areas. Greenlees holds the National Council for the Training of Journalists Pre-Entry Certificate.