Painting the inside of your home is a great way to spruce up the
interior and update your style. However, painting the ceiling of a room
is much harder than painting the walls. This causes many homeowners to
feel stuck and frustrated because their painting project doesn’t turn
out as planned. Luckily, there are additional few steps to follow when
painting a ceiling instead of a wall that can make the process much
simpler and more successful. Below are the most important steps to
consider when painting a ceiling and a few tips from the pros. Remember,
if any of these steps seem like too much work for one person,
professionals are only a phone call away.
Before the actual painting can begin, a fair amount of
preparation is required to ensure that the final product will look its
best. Ceilings present their own unique challenges during a painting
project. For example, ceilings are more likely to have stains from water
damage than a wall. In order to hide these stains and prevent them from
creeping through your new paint, purchasing and applying a
stain-blocking primer over the damaged or discoloured area is very
important. Although the paint job may look great at first without
primer, a few months down the road will be enough time for the stain to
come through your paint and ruin the appearance of your freshly painted
ceiling. After priming, a thorough sanding of the surface is required to
that the paint will stick properly to the ceiling. Remember to have any
imperfections in the surface taken care of with a filler or new
materials before applying the actual paint because repairs cannot be
made after the color is applied.
Not all ceilings are made the same way. Although some
ceilings are smooth to match the walls, there are textured ceilings that
require extra work before painting. There are a variety of ceiling
textures like “popcorn” or “knockdown”. It is most common in bedrooms
and in hallways, as it hides imperfections under the rough surface.
Kitchens can also have these textures ceilings, but they tend to be less
porous and less rough in order to make cleaning easier and to prevent
grease from becoming trapped in the pattern. Many textured ceilings have
never even been painted! The preparation for a textured ceiling
involves removing as much dirt as possible, wither with a duster or
Since dust or excess dirt can ruin a paint job, many people
choose to remove their textured ceiling and replace it with a smooth,
easy to clean surface. Removing a textured ceiling is no easy task.
Using a trowel to scrape the bumpy surface until it is smooth enough to
level out with filler is time consuming and exhausting. Dampening the
textured ceiling can make scraping easier and faster, but a textured
ceiling that has been painted will be exceptionally difficult to remove
since water cannot penetrate the material. This is usually a situation
where the homeowners hire a professional.
Painting a textured ceiling is also different from painting a
smooth ceiling. The best technique to use, so that as much of the
surface is properly covered as possible, is to apply very little
pressure to the roller when putting on the paint. This way, the fibers
of the roller don’t get as flattened out and can reach into the tiny
indents of the rough surface. A smooth ceiling can be painted much
easier and the pressure placed on the roller is not as critical.
Generally, medium pressure is considered appropriate. Also, it is very
helpful to use paint that specifically mentions that is is for ceilings
because these paints have a slower drying time, allowing you to coat an
area properly before moving on. Ceiling paints are also less likely to
drip from the ceiling onto the floor or on yourself.
The above tips are some of the most important factors to
consider when painting a ceiling and will make the whole job go a lot
smoother and look significantly better than if someone with no idea what
to expect had painted the room. The extra prep time and the decision to
keep or remove the texture will determine how long the overall job will
take. The longest type of paintjob would include full removal of the
textured ceiling as well as smoothing of the ceiling and dust removal
after sanding. For painted textured ceilings, a professional would be a
wise investment due to the degree of difficulty that is involved in
removing the texture.
If you have any ceiling painting questions or would like to get a free estimate, contact us here or call us directly at 239.963.7937.