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How to Paint a Ceiling 

If you just created an extension of a room and wants to paint the ceiling, you came to the right place. We will give you a step-by-step guide on painting the ceiling as shared by Panama City ceiling paint. Just follow the steps below. All these tips could be also found in our online tutorial, which was recorded, uploaded online and provided with real YouTube views, for all interested enthusiastic DIY painters.  

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Step 1: Use a Stain-Blocking Primer 

The stains become ugly because of the tobacco smoke, overflowing sinks, spills and roof leaks. Such flaws and discolorations are impossible to conceal with normal paint. But a coat of stain-blocking primer will make the ceiling flawless and looking new. One of the most common primers is white pigmented shellac. If you’re repainting a ceiling that has yellow tone because of the smoke, just roll a coat of shellac before you apply latex.  

Step 2: Sand Before You Paint 

After many years, the layers of the paint will build up. Cruds and bumps will stick up to the ceiling. If your ceiling is not textured, it’s recommended that you do once-over sanding using a 100-grit drywall sanding paper. Doing such will help you achieve a smooth paint job. This will increase the paint bonding, which means the surface will have a smoother and flawless-free finish. Once you’re done sanding the ceiling, wipe it with a damp sponge so it’s dust-free.  

Step 3: Cut-in Before You Roll 

Before you roll the ceiling with the paint, it’s recommend that you cut in about 10 linear feet. Brush the paint along the ceiling’s edges one section at a time. This is recommended because the cut-in section will remain wet so if you roll again the paint blends better.  

Step 4: Roll in Both Directions 

If you want a consistent and smooth paint on your ceiling, you have to know some tricks. You have to do the cut-in section that we mentioned earlier. You have to work first on one section, then move to the next section. Make sure that the edges of the section are not dried out yet before you roll the paint on another section. This technique is called “keeping the edge wet”. This will help you avoid the lap marks. Also, you will get a better coverage if you do this method.  

Step 5: Choose a Special Ceiling Paint 

There are paints formulated for ceiling, so we recommend that you use them instead of the normal paints. The ceiling paint has a long open time, doesn’t spatter and looks flat. If you look at the qualities of a normal paint, it has all the things mentioned which are not great for the ceiling. There are also tinted ceiling paints just in case you want a colored one instead of just plain white.  

Step 6: Don’t be Scared of the Color 

If you’re scared of painting your ceiling a vibrant color other than white, then don’t be. If you want to paint it green, yellow or blue, you can do so. You can apply the paint color tricks to achieve what you want. A ceiling color can make the room look more intimate, smaller or bigger.