Below are some tips when painting your ceiling!
Cover flaws with a stain-blocking primer
Overflowing sinks, tobacco smoke, big spills, and leaks can all leave unattractive ceiling stains or discoloration that is hard to conceal with just a coat of paint. Instead, apply a layer of stain-blocking primer, and your problem is solved.
Most folks who paint their ceiling wants to use white pigmented shellac. You can purchase spray cans of this type of shellac at any store that sells supplies for interior painting projects. But, it’s much easier to apply it with a brush.
Remember to clean your brushes with alcohol or a little ammonia. If you’re painting over a ceiling that’s dingy due to smoke, put a coat of shellac over the whole ceiling before painting.
Sand Before You Paint
As the layers of paint build up, crud and bumps get stuck to the ceiling. With untextured ceilings, you should begin with a quick sanding. This aids in having a smooth, perfect paint job and improves paint bonding. When you're finished sanding, get rid of the dust with a damp sponge.
Cut Before You Roll
Cutting in before you roll lets you cover most of the brush marks with the roller. Gently brush paint around the edge of the ceiling a bit at a time. Cut in around 10 ft. lines and then roll that part. This technique has a few advantages over cutting in the whole room at once. First, the cut-in section will stay moist until you roll, so it mixes in better.
Roll Both Ways
There are some tricks to having a smooth coat of paint on the ceiling. First, work in 5 or 6 ft. sections. Move swiftly from one part to the next to ensure the paint along the edge doesn’t dry before you get to the next section. This helps in avoiding lap marks. You’ll get the best coverage by quickly re-rolling every part at a right angle to your first roller direction as you go along.
Use Ceiling Paint
You’ll get topnotch results with paint that’s made for ceiling painting. For a ceiling, you want paint that won’t spatter, that is flat, and dries slowly.
Painting your ceiling can be a daunting task, especially if you are unsure how to cover up a stain beforehand. When this is the case, contact Rochester Painting and we will assist you in getting your ceilings painted.
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