How to paint a ceiling

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How to paint a ceiling

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Giving your ceiling a fresh coat of paint can help to transform any room in your home. We’ll take you through the basic equipment you need, how to cut-in and the best way to use a roller to get a professional looking finish.

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Stir your paint thoroughly
2 Cut-in the ceiling with your paint brush
3 Fill up the tray and apply paint to your roller
4 Start painting with your roller
5 Apply the second coat of paint
  • Step 1. Stir your paint thoroughly

    Start by laying out some drop sheets in the area you need to work. When you open your tin of ceiling paint, you might notice that the paint has separated. Use the paint stirrer to stir the paint thoroughly, so that all of the pigments are blended back to together. 

  • Step 2. Cut-in the ceiling with your paint brush

    Pour some paint into a bucket. This will make it easier than having to hold a full tin of paint when you’re up on the ladder. Use the paint brush start cutting-in the ceiling. This means painting the cornices and a section of the ceiling close to the cornices, where the roller won’t reach. Move around the room until you have finished cutting-in the entire ceiling.
  • Step 3. Fill up the tray and apply paint to your roller

    Pour some paint into the roller tray until it reaches the bottom of the grate. Attach the roller to the extension pole and dip the roller into the paint. Pull it up the grate two or three times until the roller is evenly coated with paint. Makes sure not to put too much paint on the roller or it will drip when you use it. 

  • Step 4. Start painting with your roller

    Place your roller about one metre out from the wall and make sure that the first stroke of is moving away from you. Paint with the roller in a W formation, so the paint is applied evenly. Keep painting until you have applied the first coat to the ceiling.
  • Step 5. Apply the second coat of paint

    Once the first coat of paint has dried, repeat the cutting-in process then use the roller to apply a second coat of paint. Continue using the W formation when using the roller so that the paint is evenly spread. Once you have finished painting, clean the paint brush and roller so that they’re ready to use again when you need them. 
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