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Six steps and helpful tips on painting your high ceiling

Updated: Jun 24, 2020

High ceilings can be such a beautiful feature in your home. They give your home a larger feeling and are usually appealing to the eye. Unfortunately, they can be difficult to paint. This article will provide you with tips and the steps necessary to paint them properly. However, painting your ceiling is difficult and time consuming. It also requires the experience and the “know how” to do it right. You should consider our professional NYC painters to do the job for you.

Step 1. Determine How You Will Actually Get to the Ceiling

When painting the ceiling and walls, you should paint the ceiling before you paint the walls. When you begin to paint the ceiling, you have to determine how you will actually reach them. While an extension pole can help, you’re likely to need other equipment to the job right. Fortunately, there are options.

Using a ladder

A ladder is commonly used to reach high places. However, for painting purposes it is a little different because of the precision required when you are cutting the trim. You want to be sure you have a ladder that is tall enough so you do not have to reach or overextend yourself to get to the surfaces you are painting. Reaching will only reduce the quality of the end result. If you find yourself doing a balancing act while you are painting, you need to get a taller ladder.

If you are only painting the ceiling, be sure to protect the walls from any scuff marks that might be caused by placing the ladder against the wall. You can also consider platform or step ladders that do not come in contact with the wall.

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Using a scaffold

A scaffold could be a great option when you are working at a height for an extended length of time. Not only does it provide a place to stand, but you can also place all your materials on the platform, instead of having to come off the ladder every time you need something.

However, they also have their drawbacks. They can be difficult to assemble and move from place to place. Additionally, they are not often used for other projects, so if you purchase one you are not likely to get other use out of it.

Step 2. Set Up the Room

You want to protect the rest of the room from any paint spills that might occur. Areas to protect include the floor, furniture, electronics, or anywhere else you do not want to get paint. The best thing to use to protect your belongings is a drop cloth. It is probably worth purchasing one, rather than damaging your valuables.

You can also use sheets to cover your goods. However, they will need to be thrown out after the project, as paint does not come out in the wash. You can also move furniture or other objects away from the painting area. This includes anything that might be hanging on the wall.

Step 3. Clean the Ceiling

After you have completed setting up the room, it is time to clean the ceiling. Use warm water, a mild cleaning solution, and a cloth or towel to clean the ceiling. Be sure the ceiling is completely dry before proceeding to the next step (usually about one hour).

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Step 4. Apply Primer to the Ceiling

First, you want to apply tape to the area where the ceiling meets the wall. Next, use your roller to apply the primer to the ceiling. Wait until the primer has dried before you being to paint (usually about 24 hours).

Step 5. Apply Paint to the Ceiling

After the primer has dried, you can begin to paint the ceiling.

Tip: To avoid lines where your paint sections overlap, use less pressure on the roller as you get to the edge of each section.

The paint should be dry within hours. Opening windows or using fans can ventilate the room and speed up the drying process. Be sure to check for any missed spots while the paint is still wet. Once the ceiling is dry, you can remove any tape you used. Pull the tape toward you at a 45 degree angle.

Step 6. Clean Up Your Materials

Be sure the paint is completely dry before removing the drop cloths or moving furniture and other belongings back into the room. This way you will protect them from any drips that might occur as the paint dries.

Tightly seal all of your paint cans when you are finished. You can clean paint brushes with warm soap and water. Rollers can be cleaned with water (latex paint) or paint thinner (oil based paint).

Tip: Check out this paint calculator to help determine how much paint you need.

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