how to paint a ceiling like a pro

Cutting In A CeilingGenerally painting a ceiling is not extremely difficult as long as a standard flat surface without texture and it's not too high.
If you're like most people you don't really look at your ceiling often and chances are don't really know what type of ceiling you have. 

Here are some tricks and tips and how to paint your ceiling like a professional decorator.

What type of Ceiling Do You Have?

The first step is to actually have a look at your ceiling, what type of surface is it?  is it smooth or is it textured, if it's textured what type of texture do you have, is it Splashdown acoustic, splatter coated? There are many different types of textures to take into account and depending on the texture type this will change the approach on how you paint the ceiling.  if in doubt call a local decorator for their advice.

Smooth Ceilings

Has any decorating project the first step is to thoroughly clean the area making sure it is free from dirt, dust and cobwebs,  next you'll want to make sure there are no cracks holes or loose flaky paint. 

If you will be painting the walls then you won’t need to worry about using masking tape to create a smooth straight finish, if you are only painting the ceiling then you should use a decorators tape along the top edge of the wall where it meets the ceiling. Once all this is dealt with and you have a clean prepped area you are ready to paint.

Recommended tools

Decorators Tape
Half inch roller
Roller cover
Extension Pole
Paint tray and liner
Paint brush for cutting in corners
Ladder
Dust sheets to cover floor and furniture
Safety goggles

What Paint Should I Use

If you have a textured surface then you should use a flat latex paint,  for smooth ceilings and matt paint is ideal, it creates of finish that doesn't have blotches glare or visible Brush Strokes,  it is worth investing in a washable mats paints for use in areas that are likely to get dirty, be aware that this paint doesn't always dry to a velvety finish.

Painting Technique

Attach your extension pole to the handle of the roller, pre-wet roller as this allows it to release paints much more easily,  make sure too slowly dip the roller into the paint in the paint Ray rolling it backwards and forwards so the roller is covered evenly with paint. 

Visually divide the ceiling into small sections,  starting in a corner and roll across the ceiling to the adjacent corner,  paint up to the edge of the wall, remember to replenish the paint on the roller when you see it means more,  you smooth Strokes and make sure you have not missed any sections. 

Using your brush cut in the edges using smooth Strokes.  make sure you allow the ceiling to dry completely to see if you require a second coat. 

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How To Paint A Ceiling Like A Pro

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