Tips, techniques for painting ceilings

2015-08-13 06:00
When painting the ceiling, make sure you put down drop cloths to protect your furniture and floors.

When painting the ceiling, make sure you put down drop cloths to protect your furniture and floors.

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CEILINGS tend to receive the least amount of attention when it comes to decorating.

Because of their inaccessibility, ceilings often get overlooked when redecorating. Painting ceilings can be hard work if you donand#039;t have the right tools and materials.

You need to do it right the first time, and you need to bear in mind that you donand#039;t necessarily have to do the work yourself. You can hire a painter, decorator or handyman to do the hard work for you.

Stains, burn marks around light fittings and peeling or flaking paint shouldnand#039;t be ignored if you are looking to make a favourable impression.

Whether you want to cover up water marks or mould stains, you can turn your ceiling into a feature piece with a splash of paint. Here’s how:

Make it easier

Painting a ceiling can be messy, with paint threatening to spatter all over the place. This is why you should always paint the ceiling first when redecorating any room.

But if only your ceilings need attention, make sure you put down drop cloths to protect your furniture and floors.

Invest in a quality paint roller that reduces the amount of paint spatter and covers the ceiling easily. When it comes to painting smooth ceilings, you’ll need a short nap roller and a long nap roller for popcorn or textured ceilings.

Also remember to wear a cap or scarf to cover your head, and don old clothes. You might be able to cut down on the mess, but there will always be a few drips and drops so take caution.

Buy an extension pole if you’re using a paint roller, unless you plan on running up and down a stepladder during the entire process. You’ll need a ladder to cut in around the edges of the walls, but when it comes to the main area, an extension pole will reduce the work load and painting the ceiling will happen a lot faster.

If you want a professional finish, only use quality paints with high hiding factor on your ceilings.

Cover up stains

Water marks and stains that have been left behind after removing mould, or burn stains around light fittings canand#039;t be touched up and hidden out of sight on a ceiling that hasnand#039;t recently been painted. You’ll need to paint the entire ceiling.

Water marks

After resolving any leaks that have caused water stains, let the ceiling board dry out completely before painting. In damp weather, a hairdryer helps to speed up the drying process if you are in a hurry to repaint. Darker stains may need a coat of Prominent Universal Undercoat before being painted over.

Mould stains

To prevent a re-occurrence of mould growth, wash down your ceilings with Prominent Progold Fungal Wash.

Where damp occurs on concrete ceilings, scrape away any paint off of the concrete and apply a coat of Prominent Dampcure before painting.

Burn rings

Light fittings close to the ceiling and those fitted with bulbs that generate heat (halogen or incandescent) tend to have a problem with burn rings around the fitting. Before painting, use an old toothbrush and sugar soap to clean the area to remove as much residue as possible. Wipe and dry with a soft cloth and then apply your choice of ceiling paint.

Peeling or cracked paint

Use a paint scraper to remove as much loose paint as possible and then sand away rough edges with a 120-grit sandpaper. Where large areas of paint have peeled off, smooth on some interior crack filler and then sand and remove dust before applying Prominent Plaster Primer.

Bulging or visible nails

After hammering in or replacing missing nails, sand these areas with an 80-grit sandpaper and fill with an interior crack filler if the holes are visible. Let this dry and then apply Prominent Plaster Primer as per the instructions. Once dry, check to see if a second coat is required, or apply ceiling paint to cover up.

Painting over oil-based paints

Before the launch of water-based enamels and specialist ceiling paints, many homeowners painted ceilings with oil-based enamel paint. With the move towards eco-friendly paints, oil-based paints have been replaced with paints specifically designed for bathrooms and kitchens, which contain fungicide to prevent mould, and do not yellow over time.

If you already have oil-based paint on your ceilings and you’d like to cover this up, sand your ceilings with a 120-grit sandpaper to de-gloss the finish before applying a more eco-friendly ceiling paint.

Painting new gypsum, RhinoLite or patched ceilings

All new finished ceilings must be primed before painting. Brush down to remove any excess dust before applying Prominent Plaster Primer and allowing this to dry. Some finishes may require a second coat, so inspect the surface before lightly sanding with a 120-grit sandpaper and applying ceiling paint.

You may think itand#039;s a lot of work to paint a ceiling, but the methods shown here will not only ensure a professional finish, but also a lasting paint job. – Property24.

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