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

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

It’s hard on the neck and shoulders. But, what could be more unpleasant than realizing that after 3 coats of paint, and over 12 hours of work, the result offers nothing to smile about.

If you’ve stayed around our blog for long enough, you might have already noticed that we always encourage hiring a prof for home improvement projects especially when you don’t have the skills, experience or the right tools.

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

• Always apply a good primer-sealer 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) also often results in unsightly roller strokes. So start with a good quality primer designed specifically for your type of ceiling material.

• Apply a coat of tinted primer-sealer in 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, it is not necessary to add a second. As long as you start with a good-quality primer, one coat of paint should suffice. And the fewer the number of coats the less messy the project will become.

• Buy quality paint that is easier to apply to ceilings. You should essentially look for paint that is a little more vicious and doesn’t easily splatter. Benjamin Moore offers some good quality ceiling paints including REGAL, ULTRA SPEC, and K508 if you need some pointers.

• 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 a little warmer up there. When it is warmer, the initial setting of the paint will faster than required.

• Avoid direct drafts from an open window or any movement of air from a fan or ventilation system while painting. But 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 that has the window).

• Make sure you have adequate lighting that is directed to the ceiling.

• Turn off recessed lights that give off heat and that may dazzle you while you work.

• Remove as much furniture as possible in order to have 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 having to stop 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 important not to make large slides (cords) when cutting with a brush because these could remain visible once dry. Thereafter, iron as close as possible to the wall, on the cutout, with your roller.

Note: Before you start painting, be sure to 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 a tall order especially if you don’t have the skills and experience required.
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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