How to Paint a High Ceiling

14 June 2020 0 By homeimprovement

High ceilings are great as they make your home feel spacious and open. But, when it comes to painting them, they start feeling like a burden and not that attractive. That’s unless you can afford a professional painter to get the job done.

On the other hand, if money is tight, painting your high ceiling doesn’t have to be as daunting as you consider. Keep on reading if you want to learn how to paint your high ceilings fast and easy.

Choose the proper tools.
First of all, get yourself an applicator extension pole that can be attached to a roller or a brush. They are essential so that you can reach the highest points of your ceilings.

Then you need to device whether you will use a scaffold or a ladder.

Choosing the right size is super important for your safety. If you opt for a ladder, first make sure that it can support your weight. Most ladders come with a side sticker or label from which you can learn how much weight they support.

Then there is the length of the ladder. If you need to overextend yourself to reach some parts of the ceiling, then it is too short. Keep in mind that it is not recommended to stand on the last three rungs of the ladder.

Scaffolds are way safer than ladders and superior choice for those that have to work at a height for an extended period. They also come with a weight limit as ladders do. The best part about scaffolds is that they are quite safe, and you can place your paint cans next to you. That makes the workflow much more optimal.

One of their greatest disadvantages, compared with ladders, is that they need to be assembled first, whereas ladders can be immediately put to use.

Prepare the room
Remove whatever furniture can be removed, and make sure the rest, along with the floor, is covered. To that end, you can use tarps and drop cloths that can be fastened with painter’s tape. Furthermore, bring down any light fixtures and ceiling fans. Before you start removing any light fixtures and ceiling fans, make sure that the power is turned off.

Once all is covered or removed, you can start cleaning the ceilings. For this, you can use warm water, mild detergent, and clean cloths. After you are done with the cleaning, let the ceiling dry for an hour or two. Don’t start priming or painting before the ceiling is completely dry.

Prime and paint the ceiling
Before you start painting the ceiling, mask the area between the walls and the ceiling. Cover the entire perimeter where the walls meet the ceiling. Furthermore, you can outline or “cut in” the ceilings with a small paintbrush attached to an extension pole.

Once the primer is dried, you can start applying the paint. First, dip your roller in the paint. Then roll it back and forth a couple of times. The idea is to get rid of the excess paint, and that is evenly covered.

Once those terms are met, you can start applying a coat on your ceilings. Start by making overlapping W strokes from left to right, then right to the left, making horizontal strokes. Once you reach the edges, use less pressure. That way, there are no visible lines when there is an overlap between the different strokes.

Once you cover the entire ceiling, let it dry. Typically, it takes a couple of hours for the paint to be dry.

Clean up
The last step includes returning your room to its original condition. That includes removing all the paint cans and drop cloths. Also, remove all the sealants. When you are done with that, you need to clean all the tools that you used. Thoroughly clean the roller covers, the paintbrushes, the ladder or the scaffold (whatever you used), and pretty much anything in between.

Once all order is restored, all the furniture and fixtures are back where they should be, only then the job is truly done.

If that’s the case, congratulate yourself and enjoy the majestically painted ceilings.