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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

      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

      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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