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How to prepare and paint ceilings like the pros



When preparing to paint ceilings there are a number of methods that can be done to assure your wall paint looks great and is as easy as possible after you paint your ceilings.  In the following videos we will show you some tips to paint your ceilings that will make the job easier.  Or of course you can simply call us and we can get you a  quote in 24 to 48 hours.

Step 1:

After you have put down drop cloths or flooring paper to cover the walking surfaces its time to caulk. When we repaint ceilings we will typically caulk the crack where the wall sheetrock meets the ceiling. There are two reasons we do this. The first is that there very well might be a hairline crack starting around this area from your home settling. Over the years your home settles and shifts creating cracks in your sheetrock, this step alleviates the problem. The other is to create an even line for the paint brush to cut to. Most homes built in Portland have an eggshell texture finish on walls and a knockdown texture finish on ceilings. The crack where the two surfaces meet sometimes has a large amount of variations to them making it harder to cut a straight line.  Here is a quick two minute video showing the caulking method.

Step 2:

After your caulking has completely dried (you should give it at least three to four hours) its time to paint your corners.  You can paint your wall corners by using an angled sash brush or flat brush.  For this step we recommend you have a large 3″ brush to assure your applying enough paint to the corners. This step goes pretty fast. Just don’t miss any areas as it will hold up your wall painting.

Step 3:

Alright, now that you have applied paint to all perimeter corners you are ready to start rolling paint on your ceilings.  When you have a heavy textured ceiling you want to be sure that you are using a thick nap roller cover.  Ideally, 1/2″ to 3/4″ nap should be thick enough to apply the paint. If paint is spattering all over your face you may have to thick of roller. The other issue would be that your paint is of low quality.  Start in one corner and roll the paint from one corner to another.  Roll in the same direction for your entire first coat. Be sure to keep a wet edge where you are rolling your paint.  This means overlapping your previous roller line after each roller pass. On the second coat you can go in the opposite direction so that you are criss crossing your first coat of paint direction  Watch our house painter Greg demonstrate this on this video.

Next we move on to the walls, coming soon 🙂