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    i have to paint the ceilings in my house. can anyone please advise me
    on what kind of paint to buy (preferably not smelly) and what to do
    besides covering the furniture, standing on a chair, and brushing?

    Thanks so much for any help you can give me.

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    I got this really neat roller at Lowes, it has a guard/shield type of thing over
    half the roller part, and you can angle it to use on ceilings or wall, it really
    helps on the dilemma of paint in the face. It also comes on a pole you can
    extend up to about 4ft. long. I got this for under $10, and worth every penny.
    As far as paint, I have always done ceilings with flat latex paint.

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    Hi, Jenna,

    I've done a lot of painting on ceilings. Are your ceilings textured, or
    smooth? The textured ceilings are okay if they have already been sealed or
    painted over, but the texture can get wet and come down in large patches if
    you attempt to paint on an unsealed surface. Try a test area, with plain
    water, and see if the texture gets soggy before proceeding with paint. I
    think they sell a primer/sealer that you can apply first if this is the
    case.

    I usually don't use primer on ceilings - in fact, I've used everything from
    cheap latex paint to expensive ceiling paint. If you have a bunch of white
    or off-white paint left over from other projects, you can combine them and
    use that to save money, but you MUST make sure that you have enough of this
    "unique combo" to complete the job, or at least do one coat.

    If the ceiling is dirty or discoloured, it might need more than one coat.
    If it's already white enough, however, you could get away with one coat of
    ceiling paint.

    Ceiling paint is the preferred paint, of course - and they do make some that
    are low odor. Ceiling paint is thicker than the usual household latex, and
    drips less. However, if you are also painting the walls, and the color
    happens to be light, you might consider painting the ceiling in the same
    color as the walls - this makes painting the walls AND the ceiling much
    easier, because you don't have to "cut in".

    Cutting in is the beginning of any paint job. It involves painting a strip
    around the edge of the room, about 5" deep, taking care not to touch or
    smudge the surface that meets the one that you're painting. So, if you're
    doing a ceiling, you first paint the outside edge, all the way around, being
    careful not get the ceiling paint on the walls. Although you can buy
    "edging" tools for this, I haven't found them to be particularly useful, so
    I tend to use just paintbrush for that.

    Next, you need a roller - a fairly thick one, in most cases, especially if
    your ceiling has any kind of texture. And you'll need a paint tray, and a
    broom stick. Also some plastic bags, a damp cloth, and an old shower cap
    are useful.

    You can use a fairly large plastic bag to slide over the paint tray instead
    of one of those plastic liners you can buy. You then pour the paint into
    the plastic bag liner and use the tray as you would normally, except clean
    up is easier, because you simply peel the bag off the tray, turning it
    inside out as you go, and throw it away instead of washing up the tray.
    Small sandwich baggies can be fastened with a rubber band to any door
    handles to save splatters on them. The shower cap goes on your head, and
    saves your hair from unplanned paint drips. Also it's a good idea to apply
    hand lotion before you start painting, because it makes cleaning your hands
    easier afterwards. The damp cloth is to use to wipe the inevitable drips or
    spills before they become a permanent part of your walls, door frames, or
    whatever.

    Attach the broom handle to the roller, and begin painting! Start somewhere
    away from the wall, and roll the paint in a fan shape, so paint on an angle
    to the left, then do some straighter lines, then angle to the right. Keep
    doing this, overlapping each new fan that you paint, and this will help
    prevent visible paint roller marks. By the time you start with the roller,
    the cutting in edge will have dried a little and will look darker than the
    fresh paint you are applying, but don't worry -- just overlap the cut in
    edge a little bit, without hitting the wall, and when it dries, you won't
    see any line.

    Ceiling paint is usually flat latex, although I have used semi-gloss with
    good effect. If you have a choice, don't buy oil - the clean up is awful
    with that stuff. With latex, either wall or ceiling paint, you can just use
    soap and water for clean up.

    Good luck with your painting job!

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    Re: painting on ceiling
    I didn't catch if you are painting white or a color, but if you are going white they make ceiling paint (designed just for ceilings) that goes o
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    Dear Jenna,
    Any water base (Latex) paint shouldn't have too much of an odor, and you can
    use it unless the ceiling was painted with oil last time. PLEASE do not stand
    on a chair !!!!! Get a small ladder, or step stool if your ceilings are low
    enough. You should use a semi-gloss paint unless this is a bedroom where you
    might want a flat finish. I do hope you are using color, and not just white???
    If
    you can't obtain a ladder at least use an extension for your brush or roller.
    What kind of roller will depend on what is on your ceiling now, popcorn,
    flat, etc. Wear a hat or bandana to cover your hair, and goggles to protect your
    eyes, be sure to wipe the dust and webs down, and if it is a kitchen you may
    have to clean any greasy spots. Do any repair of cracks etc before you start to
    paint and cover your repair with a primer and let dry before you paint your
    base color. A roller is much faster than a brush, but you didn't say if you are
    going for a faux finish or a straight finish, so a lot will depend on that
    too. Maybe it would help if we had a little more information on what exactly you
    are trying to accomplish over what kinds of surfaces.
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