Your ceilings can sometimes be overlooked, but with a refreshing colour and a flawless finish you’ll give people a reason to look up and admire your handy work.!
Here are some Tips to help you get started!
*Purchase the Right Tools – purchase a paint roller with an extension handle. It’s much easier and less tiring to paint a ceiling while standing on the floor rather than on a ladder.
When painting a textured ceiling, be sure to use a thick-nap roller to ensure that you get full coverage over the bumps and irregularities in the textured surface. For a smooth ceiling, you can use a roller with a smooth or shorter nap.
Use quick-release painter’s tape to mask around trim and the area of the wall where it meets the ceiling
Begin by cleaning your ceiling. Remove cobwebs with a clean broom and wash the area with Selley’s Original Sugar Soap. It’s true, no one enjoys cleaning but missing this step could lead to trouble later on.
Tape around cornices, edges and any down lights.
Just like a vertical wall, begin by cutting-in where the roller won’t reach. Using a brush, paint around down lights and edges to create a border.
Once you’ve loaded your roller evenly, begin in one corner and move fluidly in a parallel motion. For best results, work in 1 metre sections painting across and then down. Roll as far into the previously brushed sections as possible.
Now that you’ve finished a large section of your ceiling, and while it’s still damp, you can begin laying-off the paint. This is a crucial step in achieving a smooth and consistent finish. Using an unloaded roller begin in the top left corner of your ceiling and gently pull towards you in a straight line with no pressure. A lightness of touch will prevent new brush strokes from forming. Repeat this action and slightly overlap your last movement so your roller rubs away the line created by the previous stroke.
If your ceiling requires two coats, simply wait 2 hours for your first coat to dry then begin at step 4 and re-cut your ceiling.
And you’re done! Simply clean up using responsible paint disposal methods and enjoy your beautiful new ceilings!