Tools and Tips You Should Know Before Painting a Ceiling

Are you planning to repaint your ceiling?

There are reasons why you are wondering about painting your ceiling. It may be because your ceiling painting does not go well with your modern interior design, or it is already fading. But, in order to have a successful painting session, you will need to collect all necessary tools to make your project worthwhile. In this article, we will discuss the tools needed to paint a ceiling, as well as pro-tested tips to make the whole project easier for you. Make sure to read further.

Preparing to paint your ceiling

Painting your ceiling will make your ceiling look amazing and is not that different from painting a wall. To repair existing anomalies and protect your furniture, fixtures, floors, and the like, planning is key to a successful painting session.

Tools needed

Here are the tools that you will be needing for painting your ceiling:

  • Paint roller covers
  • Paint roller frames
  • Paint
  • Paint roller
  • Painters tape
  • Extension pole
  • Paint tray & liner
  • Primer
  • Ladder
  • Paint brush
  • Bucket

For your safety, you will need the following equipment:

  • Safety glasses
  • Cleaning gloves
  • Hat
  • Drop cloths
  • Apron

Painting the ceiling can be extremely messy, so put as much as drop cloths to avoid paint splattering all over the room and you.

Tips and tricks to paint a ceiling

According to professional painters, the best way to paint a ceiling is to utilize ceiling paint and primer in one. This kind of paint is developed to splatter less than the usual paint and provides a flat finish to conceal damages and imperfections. One gallon of paint and primer in one can usually cover about 400 square feet.

If you want to brighten up the color of your room, you will never go wrong with a white interior ceiling paint. This is highly advised especially in rooms that do not get much natural light source. On the other hand, if you have a larger room and high ceilings, it is best to paint them with darker colors.

If you have a popcorn ceiling, you can cover it with a wall and ceiling texture product. For this to happen, you will have to have a roller with a thicker knap so that the paint effectively covers up the textured surface. Be careful not to oversaturate the ceiling because the textures will be more evident.

Sand before painting

As layers of paint build up, crud and bumps get stuck in the ceiling. If you have a smooth, untextured ceiling, it is great to use a 100-grit drywall sanding paper to ensure a smooth paint job and better bonding. If you do not have a ladder, use a sanding pole so the sanding paper reaches the ceiling. After dusting the ceiling, use a damp sponge to remove debris and dust.

Steps in painting the ceiling

First step:

If you are only painting the ceiling, you would not want to have your walls affected. To do this, apply painters tape around the edges. Afterward, cut in using a 2-inch paint brush and a cut bucket (a smaller bucket than a conventional one.

Make sure you do not let your brush soak in too much product. Start each stroke by brushing away from the edge. Create long strokes and always finish your strokes with brushing back into the wet paint.

Sometimes, painters skip this step in an attempt to save time by using a paint roller into the corner. But this sloppy method is not advisable as it builds up excess paint and can leave a thick paint line on the topmost part of the wall.

Second step:

It is about time to get your paint roller to work. Use a low-nap roller if you have smooth ceilings, whereas use a ½-inch or 3/4-inch nap for textured ceilings. If you need further assistance to reach the ceiling without a ladder, use an extension pole and attach it to the paint roller frame.

Third step:

Before you get your roll moving, moisten it first using a wet towel so it will suck more paint load. Afterward, roll it into the paint bucket and then role off to remove excess load. Start painting the corner and paint in straight overlapping lines in 4-inch by 4-inch sections. Make sure to roll it slowly so that the paint would not splatter.

To get a smooth, consistent paint job, make sure to move quickly from one section to another so that the paint along the edge would not dry out before you roll the next section. This trick is referred to as “keeping a wet edge” and is usually a strategy to avoid lap marks. You get the best coverage when you do it that way.

Once done with a few sections, slowly go over the paint with a clean, unloaded roller to flatten and smoothen imperfections. Repeat after the whole ceiling is painted.

Once the ceiling is painted and dry, check out for any imperfections and lapses you might have missed in the process.