The Best Ceiling Painting Tips

Here at Century Painting, your painting company in Charlotte, NC, we know that ceilings can be a pain in the neck. Still, it does not have to be. You can still get a professional look when you have the essential paint gear with the great tips provided here.

Before Starting 

the best ceiling painting tips.
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Before you start painting your ceiling, take heed of warnings from professionals. First, gather all the essential tools, as you do not want to dash to the hardware shop or garage, climbing up and down your ladder every five minutes. 

Throughout your painting project, keep stretching that body. Yes, it sounds crazy, but you will twist your body differently when you paint above your head. For example, you will crane your neck into odd angles with your arms. With some stretching, you will need fewer painkillers when done. 

Also, open all the windows, allowing fresh air to move in while painting with the fumes. Great, now we can get started:

First Step: Clear The Room And Cover it With Drop Cloth

Start by removing most of the furniture from the room, as it will make maneuvering around easier. Next, drop cloths over the floor and furniture you cannot move. Finally, we recommend using canvas as it keeps you and the ladder from slipping. 

Second Step: Mask The Crown Molding And Tops of the Walls

For painting only the ceiling, use quick-release painter tape applied to decorated edges and moldings. Also, if you plan to repaint the whole room, you must start with the ceiling. Then you only need to tape off less as you can repaint over your errant brush strokes when getting to the walls.

Third Step: Prime Your Ceiling

Take a roller with an extension pole and apply a layer of interior paint primer. Be sure to complete this step, as it is essential. The primer provides a stain barrier; you only need to apply one coat. Then take a break while the primer dries. We recommend more than one layer if you are painting a new ceiling board or going lighter over a darker one. 

Fourth Step: Start Painting The Ceiling 

the best ceiling painting tips
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Now, you can switch to your ceiling paint like an interior latex one with a high viscosity as it is thicker and sticks better until dry. Use your step ladder to help paint a three-inch wide cut line along the ceiling edge. 

The best is to start in the corner using a two-inch trim brush to paint along the wall. Then move on to the adjoining wall. While the paints are still wet, move to the next step: use your paint roller to paint the ceiling. Doing this when the cut lines are wet will not leave visible lines.

It is essential to place the deep roller portion into the roller tray and roll it until the entire nap is covered. Then, glide it over the paint, working back and forth. Next, apply the extension pole and do the first coat. 

Then paint in a zig zag form that measures about four feet squares. Then go over the section with straight controlled strokes to help even out the paint. Finally, leave the paint to dry and apply the second coat.  

Fifth Step: Clean Your Paint Tools 

Once the second coat is applied, leave it to dry and remove your masking. Now, all that is left is to clean your tools and remove all the covers. Next, place the furniture back and marvel at your handy work.

These are some simple steps on how you can paint your ceiling. But if it sounds like too much work, you can hire commercial painters near me to do the job for you.