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How to paint a new ceiling

Painting in general can be a tedious task but it does not have to be complicated. Here is a no-hassle, no-fuss method of painting ceilings in an efficient manner. To get the job done, you will require the following:

  • Paint
  • Primer
  • Painter’s tape
  • Newspaper or dropcloth
  • Roller and Extension Pole
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Stepladder

Step 1

Begin by removing any items or furniture that is causing an obstruction. You can then line the floor generously with newspaper or a drop cloth, to protect the floor from paint splatters.


Step 2

Climb on your step ladder and vacuum the ceiling to remove any dust, webs or dirt that may have accumulated.


Step 3

Line the trim with painter’s tape.


Step 4

Apply the primer to the perimeter area with a paint brush and use a roller for the rest of the area. It will protect the ceiling as it will make provision for a stain barrier and it is very likely that you will only require a single coat of paint thereafter.


Step 5

Create a cut-line along the edges of the ceiling. It should be about two to three inches thick. You should then paint it with a brush. Good quality paint is important.


Step 6

You can then proceed to paint the ceiling with a roller (an extension pole will make the job a lot easier). It is important that you do not submerge the roller in paint but rather glide it over the paint in the roller tray. You will move it back and forth until the nap is completely covered.


Step 7

When you paint the ceiling, utilise zig-zag strokes. Thereafter, go over the same area with short controlled strokes to even out the paint. Depending on the coverage and result, you may have to repeat the process.

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