How to Paint a Ceiling

     When deciding to paint a room the ceiling should always be the first area you paint.  Once you have wiped down your ceiling for painting and taped the area you are ready to begin.

  1. Only work in sections large enough so paint remains wet during coverage.  It is recommended to work with areas no larger than 2' x 4'.
  2. First, utilize a chisel trim brush to cut in the paint in at the ceiling edge where the walls meet and around any fixtures.  Pull the paint from any of these edges out onto the ceiling about 3"-4", enough to roll over in the next steps.
  3. Once you have loaded your roller, see Loading Your Roller or Brush, prior to applying paint to the ceiling.
  4. One item to keep in mind is to never apply heavy pressure on the roller when painting.  If you purchased a high quality roller cover and have loaded it properly the roller and paint will  do all of the work.  Simply apply a moderate amount of pressure to ensure the paint will transfer from the roller to the wall surface.  By limiting the amount of pressure you will also eliminate paint lines formed by the edge of the roller.
  5. Never start painting close to any of the walls as there will be too much paint on the roller to smooth out properly.  Begin about 2' from the wall and begin making a "W" with the roller moving toward the wall and overlap the paint you pulled from edging.  Once you have completed the W continue to fill in the remaining parts of the "W".  If you loaded your roller properly there should be enough paint on the roller to completely cover this 2x4 area.
  6. Reload your roller and move to the next section either beside or under the currently painted one.  Always paint my moving from 2' out from the last painted area and into the  currently painted area to ensure you are blending or overlapping new wet paint into the last wet area painted.  Just be sure to always paint in the same direction and never make cross strokes and to always keep a wet edge the entire time.
  7. Once the areas are joined lightly roll the entire area to blend it together.
  8. Continue with the method until completed.
  9. Allow the ceiling to dry a minimum of two hours prior to attempting to paint the walls.

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