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Painting Ceilings

 
Painting Ceilings

Painting a ceiling? Invest in an extension pole, safety goggles and a painter's cap. And use ceiling—not wall—paint. It comes in a variety of colors, all specially formulated to:

 

           • Diffuse light from lamps, windows and other sources of illumination
           • Have a flat sheen so the ceiling will have an even appearance
           • Offer better spatter resistance for overhead rolling



Prep the ceiling before painting. Remove any dust or grime, as this can make it virtually impossible for paint to adhere. Mildew and water stains will bleed through even the best of paint, so it may be necessary to use a stain-blocking primer before painting. Oil-based primers work best for water stains while shellac-based primers are more effective against smoke or nicotine stains. Finally, be aware of any cracks, mars or dents which may need to be smoothed out to prevent artificial light from being reflected off ceilings.

Keys to superior ceiling results are careful, thorough preparation, priming, and the use of quality paint.

Add color. The ceiling can be an important part of your color palette. For instance, if you want to bring the ceiling “down?for a cozier room, paint it a darker color. For a light, airy feeling, paint the ceiling a very pale blue. Be sure you're using flat paint on your ceiling to ensure uniform color and appearance.
 

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Step 1: Shut off overhead light fixtures

Step 1: Shut off overhead light fixtures Remove furniture from the room. Shut off overhead fixtures at the breaker or fuse box.
  

Step 2: Remove or cover fixtures

Step 2: Remove fixtures Remove or bag the ceiling fixtures. Removal of the ceiling fixtures will make for a neater job, but you can also drop the cover plates and wrap the fixtures in plastic bags.
  

Step 3: Mask off the wall

Step 3: Mask off the wall Mask off the tops of the walls with 2-inch blue painter's tape. One-inch tape would allow the roller to strike the wall.
  

Step 4: Protect area with drop cloths

Step 4: Protect area with drop cloths Cover the floor by overlapping drop cloths by at least 12 inches. Protect windows, doors and trim if necessary.
  

Step 5: Dampen the roller

 Step 5: Dampen the roller Prime the roller cover by spraying it with a misting bottle until it is just damp. Remove excess water before you begin painting.
  

Step 6: Cut in the corner

 Step 6: Cut in the corner To start, cut in one corner of the ceiling with a paint pad. Cut in only as much as you can roll out before the paint dries.
  

Step 7: Roll along the wet edge to blend areas

Step 7: Roll along the wet edge to blend areas Begin rolling over the still-wet cut-in strip. Keeping a wet edge prevents overlap marks in the finished ceiling. Load the roller regularly and roll slowly. Back-roll to blend the paint.
  

Step 8: Work in manageable sections

 Step 8: Work in manageable sections Work in sessions to keep wet edges. Cut in with a pad or brush, apply paint with a roller, then roll out applied paint to blend the two areas.
  

Step 9: Vary the direction on the roller

 Step 9: Vary the direction on the roller Slightly vary the direction of your rolling. Perfectly straight rolling is more likely to show overlap marks.
  

Step 10: Continue until the section is done

Continue applying paint, rolling out and blending until the first cut-in section is finished.
  

Step 11: Start on the next session

 Step 11: Start on the next session Begin the next session by cutting in the wall/ceiling joint.
  

Step 12: Repeat the process

 Step 12: Repeat the process Apply paint, roll out and blend with the cut-in edge and the previous section.
  

Step 13: Wipe up drips and spatters

 Step 13: Wipe up drips and spatters Watch for drips and spatters. Wipe up immediately with a damp rag.