Tips for Painting a Ceiling Little or No Mess in Amador County, CA

by | Apr 1, 2020 | Uncategorized

Tips for Painting a Ceiling Little or No Mess in Amador County, CA

The ceiling is undoubtedly the least convenient area to paint for both professional painting contractors in Amador County, CA, and DIYs alike.

It is hard on the neck and shoulders. However, what could be more unpleasant than realizing that after three coats of paint and over 12 hours of work, the result offers nothing to smile about?

If you have stayed around our blog long enough, you might have noticed that we always encourage hiring a prof for home improvement projects, especially when you need more skills, experience, or the right tools.

However, if you still want to try repainting your ceiling, here are some tips to keep things less messy while ensuring high-quality painting.


  • Always apply an excellent primer seal to block the porosity of the surface to be painted, even if your ceiling is already white. Surfaces already painted with mat ceiling paint are often porous. Fast drying (absorption/evaporation) often results in unsightly roller strokes. So start with a good quality primer explicitly designed for your type of ceiling material.
  •  Apply a coat of tinted primer-sealer the same color as the finish, followed by one generous coat of a top finish. If the ceiling is perfect looking after the first coat, adding a second is unnecessary. If you start with a good-quality primer, one coat of paint should suffice. Moreover, the fewer coats, the less messy the project will become.
  •  Buy quality paint that is easier to apply to ceilings. It would help to look for a little more vicious paint that does not splatter easily. If you need pointers, Benjamin Moore offers good-quality ceiling paints, including REGAL, ULTRA SPEC, and K508.
  •  Lower the room temperature a few hours before starting work (to around 18 degrees Celsius). Since the heat rises to the ceiling by convection, it is always warmer. When it is warmer, the initial setting of the paint will be faster than required.
  •  Avoid direct drafts from an open window or any air movement from a fan or ventilation system while painting. However, keep your room well-ventilated and aerated during painting.
  •  When painting, work across the shortest distance. The idea is to return as quickly as possible to the side of the first span while its periphery is still wet. If the room is square, proceed parallel to the entrance of natural light (perpendicular to the wall with the window).
  •  Make sure you have adequate lighting that is directed to the ceiling.
  •  Turn off recessed lights that give off heat and may dazzle you while you work.
  •  Remove as much furniture as possible for a free and unobstructed work area.
  •  Work safely with a scaffold appropriate to the height of the ceiling, especially if it is a cathedral ceiling. Roller application can be done using a large, long pole. With or without a scaffold, first, think of safety and ease of execution. Avoid constantly stopping to climb, descend, or move a stepladder.
  •  Cut in the entire ceiling with a brush and start painting with a roller when that is done. This will save you lots of time and frustration. However, it is essential not to make giant slides (cords) when cutting with a brush because these could remain visible once dry. After that, iron as close as possible to the wall, on the cutout, with your roller.


Before painting, remove all the décor elements from the wall, remove or cover furniture, and place a canvas painting on the floor to minimize the mess.

We understand that painting the ceiling can be a tall order, especially if you lack the required skills and experience.

 If you need professional help repainting your ceiling or your entire home interior, Michael Hines Painting can help.

Call us at 209-256-4587 to book a FREE estimate and let us help you make your interior more interesting!

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