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Painting a ceiling

January 21, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Category: Remodeling Contractor



Along with other home improvement projects, taking your time and preparing carefully can make the difference between a good job and an brilliant job.

When it comes to painting a ceiling, preparing the surface properly will lay the foundations for achieving that perfect finish, it is important to try to hide any blemishes on the surface.

We show you how to paint your ceiling using a brush and/or a roller. If you are new to this, then a roller is probably the easier of these 2 options.
To complete this task you will need the following items:

•Suitable Interior Paint
•Small Brush (cutting in)
•Large Brush or Roller
•Paint Kettle •Suitable filler (if required) and Trowel
•Dust Sheets
•Sugar Soap and rag

Preparing the ceiling

First remove curtains, fixtures and any light furniture, place all heavy furnishings in the middle of the room and cover with dustsheets. Remove any loose floor coverings and use dustsheets to protect any other floor covering from paint splashes and dust.

Wash down the wall with sugar soap or a suitable detergent to remove all dust and debris. Inspect the ceiling for cracks, holes and any loose plaster.

For small cracks use a suitable fine filler, for larger cracks and holes use a stronger more suitable filler (see manufacturer’s instructions).

When filling try and leave a nice smooth finish, it is better to leave the filled area slightly proud of the surrounding area and then sand down with a fine sandpaper until flush.

Cutting in the ceiling

The first task is to cut-in the ceiling, to do this take the smaller paint brush and fill your paint kettle so the paint comes halfway up the bristles of the brush (to avoid overloading the brush).

Start in one corner and coat the ceiling holding the brush at an angle ensuring to get right into the corner; if you are painting/ decorating the walls after then you don’t need to worry too much about getting paint on the walls.

Then holding the brush at the angle, go over the paint to even out the coat.

To cut in around any light fittings you may find it easier to isolate the electricity at the main fuse box and then remove the fitting for painting.

Using a Brush

After you have cut in around the entire ceiling and any light fittings take the larger brush and coat the ceiling using smooth parallel strokes, if you paint in 1 metre sections you will find the wet edges stay fresher and therefore improve the finish.

Once you have finished the first coat, allow to dry thoroughly and then repeat the process for the second coat.

Using a Roller

After cutting-in around the ceiling fill your roller tray to a depth so that the paint doesn’t rise above the pile of the roller (to avoid overloading the roller). Place the roller in the paint then distribute the paint evenly by bringing the roller back and forth over the top section of the tray.

Now start in one corner and use the roller in smooth parallel actions, if you work in 1 metre square sections you will find it easier to keep the wet edges fresh. Coat the entire ceiling and then allow the paint to dry thoroughly.

Once dry apply the second coat in the same way.


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