How to paint a ceiling with a roller

Even a person who has never done this before can paint the ceiling. To do this, you need to know the basic secrets and principles on which this skill is based.

The first thing to do when preparing for painting the ceiling surface is to choose a painting tool. For an extensive and even ceiling surface, the most convenient option is a special paint roller. It is easier for them to make a uniform coating without stains and other errors. Beginners in the painting business sometimes believe that a better result can be achieved by using a brush, but it is very difficult to create a uniform, monophonic coating without stains, which are especially noticeable on a smooth ceiling. Therefore, the roller will provide a better and faster result.

First of all, it is important to choose the most convenient tool. Despite their huge variety, there are only three main types of rollers on store shelves for home repairs:

  • foam,
  • velor,
  • fleecy.

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Although they are not very different in price and appearance, the painting process, depending on the choice of roller, can have different results.

Experts believe that the most convenient is a roller with a long pile. And velor and foam rollers have one significant drawback – they absorb excess paint, as a result – unaesthetic and clearly visible bubbles can form on the ceiling surface, which cannot always be eliminated. Thus, despite the widespread opinion of beginners that a roller with good absorbency will provide high-quality paint, in fact, this quality can even harm the result.

 Roller selection

When choosing a roller, you need to pay attention to the nature of the surface of the ceiling: the coarser it is, the longer the pile should be to fill all possible recesses. In any case, a longer pile is an advantage.

Choosing a roller with a fleecy surface, you can not rush to buy it. Before purchasing, you need to carefully check its quality, which significantly affects the staining result. Firstly, choosing a suitable tool, you need to squeeze it with your hand – a quality product practically does not undergo deformation. If the roller is too soft and easily compressed, most likely, it will not be very convenient to paint.

Another sign of high quality is the lack of a noticeable junction of fabric and seams, since such joints can leave ugly stripes on the ceiling. In addition, the villi must be checked for strength, for this you can slightly pull on them – the pile should not be easily pulled out, and a low-quality fake has less strength.

Preparation for painting the ceiling

To produce high-quality painting of the ceiling, it is not enough to have one roller. There are several other very important supporting tools and parts. So, before starting work, you must also acquire:

  • a wide paint brush,
  • a handle for the roller,
  • a tray for the roller and paint with a ribbed surface,
  • clean, soft rags without lint,
  • a masking tape.

Before you start painting with a roller, it is important to prepare the room for work in a certain way. To do this, first you need to take out the furniture or, if it causes difficulties, cover it with plastic wrap. It is also advisable to remove or cover well with polyethylene chandeliers and ceiling lights. Just in case, for example, if the work continues until dark, you need to get other light sources, for example, portable lamps. It is also important to protect the floor by covering with newspapers or polyethylene. Places that do not require staining can be sealed with masking tape.

The technology of painting the ceiling is not too simple and fast. It includes several basic mandatory preparatory and main stages.

First of all, they prepare the surface for painting. To do this, using a spatula, it is cleaned of old paint or whitewash. Then, with a brush, dust is removed from the ceiling. After that, the ceiling is putty, and the ceiling is coated with a primer on top. The next stage is to paint all the corners, borders and stucco molding, if any. At the end, the ceiling is covered with one or more layers of paint, depending on the nature of the surface and the characteristics of the paint. All of these steps are required to create high-quality coverage, and skipping one of the stages can lead to lower quality work.

For example, not all beginners know that without the use of a primer, paint can soon begin to crumble, since the presence of a primer ensures the creation of a moisture-proof layer that does not allow moisture from the paint to be absorbed into the ceiling surface. Thus, the paint in its original form lasts longer and more reliably. One of the features of the paint roller is the ability of this tool to rub the paint well on the ceiling surface. However, he needs a lot of space, and in order to achieve this effect, you must first paint over all the corners and protrusions (in particular, gypsum stucco molding), making sure that paint stains do not form. It is better to paint over these hard-to-reach areas with a brush so as not to damage the corners. You can also first paint a thin strip of 4-5 cm wide around the entire perimeter, so that later it is more convenient to work with a roller.

After carrying out all these preliminary stages of work, you can begin the most important final stage – the actual painting of the ceiling with a roller. For successful work, it is important to adhere to a certain sequence of actions. First of all, the paint is poured into a special plastic tray. The roller is dipped into the paint and for uniform distribution, the tool is rolled out properly along the surface of the tray. Thanks to such actions, excess paint does not accumulate on the roller, and later on when painting on the surface of the ceiling there are no drips (how to paint the ceiling without streaks). Before dyeing, it is important to pay attention that the roller is evenly wet, if there is excess paint on it, it is advisable to remove it with a brush. Then, for convenient operation, the roller must be put on the extension cord and you can proceed to the main part of the work.

Extension for roller

The most correct technique for applying paint to the ceiling is painting with parallel strips. When applying paint, it is important to ensure that the edge of each strip does not have time to dry before applying the next. The most uniform and smooth layer is obtained if you overlap the paint and each time you apply it, grab about 8-10 cm of the previous strip, after which it is good to rub the paint until a uniform coating is created.

Sometimes when applying paint, you need to make several layers. In this case, the last layer is made so that it is located in the direction of the window, and the layer that is applied in front of it is perpendicular to it.

Between the creation of layers it is imperative to withstand a certain time, so that the paint has time to dry well.

Experts advise people who do not have experience in painting the ceiling, first practice “on a draft” – on the wall, designed for further wallpapering. So you can gain the necessary skills and self-confidence without spoiling the result.

One of the important recommendations of specialists is to carry out this work in the daytime, since it is most convenient to paint the ceiling, starting from the farthest corner from the entrance.

So, if you follow all these tips of experienced masters, choose the most high-quality and suitable tool in each specific situation, you can independently paint the ceiling without resorting to the help of professionals.

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