How to Paint a Ceiling

How to Paint a Ceiling

Hi. I’m Cole Schaefer,
professional painter. And welcome to
Dunn-Edwards Paints How to Paint video series. Believe it or not,
painting a ceiling can be a simple process
if the ceiling is not exceptionally high. In this video, I’ll show you the
right way to paint a ceiling. Plus, I’ll give you
some time-saving tips. So chances are you don’t look
at your ceiling too often. You may not even know what
type of ceiling you have. So take a look up. I’m looking at a
splatter-coated ceiling. What about yours? Is it smooth? Is it textured? If it’s textured, what
type of texture is it? Is it splatter-coated? Or knock-down? Or is it acoustic, like popcorn? Well, these answers
will determine how you approach painting your ceiling. If you’re ceiling is textured
and you want to keep this look, it’s best to use spray
equipment to paint the ceiling. Now, we recommend
that you consider hiring a professional
painting contractor for this type of project. Now, you may decide to
remove the ceiling texture. And again, we would recommend
using a paint professional. Now, make sure that your
contractor is qualified to perform this type of work. If you have drywall
ceiling, but it looks like you could
use a makeover, you may want to hire
a drywall contractor to do what is called a
skim coat to make it smooth before you begin painting. And before you
hire someone, we do encourage you to visit your
neighborhood Dunn-Edwards paint store. We may have a solution
that works for you. Finally, if your ceiling is
smooth, and it’s in good shape, guess what? You’re ready to paint. Now, you’ll need to purchase a
half-inch roller cover, roller handle, and extension pole,
along with your Dunn-Edwards premium paint. I recommend using flat finish
on ceilings, because it helps hide any imperfections. And other items you
may need for the job include a ladder, a
paint tray and liner, a wall brush for cutting
into the corners, drop cloths to cover
the floor, furniture, and other areas, spackle
and a putty knife for filling in small holes,
caulking and a caulking gun to repair any cracks in
corners, and safety glasses to protect your eyes. So once you have
all these items, you’ll want to prep your room. And you can learn how
to properly prep a room for painting by watching our
Prepping a Room for Painting video, located on So when you’re ready
start painting, be sure to change
into some work clothes you don’t mind getting paint on. This includes your
shoes and grabbing a hat to keep your head
and hair protected. Now, if you plan on painting
the walls after the ceiling is painted, don’t worry about
putting up masking tape. Then, as you paint
the walls, you can create a clean,
straight line with the tape. Now, if you’re only
painting the ceiling, you’ll want to consider
using the tape on the walls, and trim the ceiling using a
2 and 1/2 inch angular brush. So the first step is to pre-wet
your roller cover to dampen it before painting, as it
will allow you to pick up and release paint more easily. Next, attach your roller
handle to an extension pole. Then, slowly submerse your paint
roller into the paint tray, rolling it back and forth until
the roller cover is evenly coated. So now, you’ll want to roll
the ceiling in small sections, beginning in one corner and
rolling across the ceiling to any adjacent quarter. And depending on whether you’re
painting the walls or not, you can use your roller to paint
corners by simply rolling along the edge of the corner. This allows you to skip
trimming corners with a brush, and will save you some time. Replenish the paint on
the roller as needed to spread paint evenly until
the entire ceiling is painted. And lastly, allow the
ceiling to dry completely to see if it requires
a second coat of paint. If it does require
a second coat, repeat the steps in this
video, and allow the ceiling to dry completely before moving
on to the rest of your walls. For all of us here at
Dunn-Edwards Paints, I’m Cole Schaefer. Thanks for watching. And happy painting.

Dereck Turner

5 thoughts on “How to Paint a Ceiling

  1. doobyboy21 says:

    Nice tips ! Thanks !

  2. Kenneth N. Amend says:

    Thank U for taking the time to put this together.

  3. Priest says:

    Great work. Greetings from UK

  4. Kleo 84 says:

    cool, i didn't know about damping the roller first

  5. Alexis N. DeMartin says:

    Wow you made it look so easy, clean and profesional, thank you for this super helpful video!!

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