There is no harder surface to paint in a room than a ceiling. This is basically because of the position of the ceiling. You have to paint it upside down and getting to all the corners can prove to be difficult. Read on to learn some tips on how you can paint your ceiling without leaving roller marks.
Use the right paint for ceilings. There are specifically produced and manufactured paints to be used on ceilings. These paints have lesser streaks and will not spatter a lot like other paints. An added advantage of using ceiling paints is the fact that you will know exactly where to repaint for an even and clean surface.
Before you start painting, you need to put everything that you will be needing together. Get the right paint for your ceiling, assemble the ladder, the roller, the primers and any other thing that you may need. Cover the floor so that paint does not drip on it, and open the windows for ventilation. Move or remove any furniture or any item in the room before you start painting.
The right nap roller will give you the best results. We recommend a thick nap roller as opposed to a thin one. Keep dipping it in the paint so as to avoid spattering on the ceiling –a dry roller is a spattering roller, goes the saying. Keep the edges wet at all times. If you take a break from painting, ensure you keep the roller wrapped up in a plastic bag.
Start from the corners by using a paintbrush instead of the nap roller, then continue rolling through the rest of the ceiling with the roller by folding it in. Ensure you get as close to the ceiling as you possibly can when using the roller. Get rid of all the lumps before they dry, this is because if they dry before you smooth them out or remove them, then you will not be able to remove them at all.
Always use a primer before painting any surface, this also applies to the ceiling. New surfaces must always be primed before any painting takes place. This will ensure that you get the best results at the end of it.
If you purchased a particular thick paint, make it thin first before starting to paint. This will give you a good even and clean surface at the end of the painting session. Get a thinner that is compatible with the kind of paint that you are using for the best results.
Use a good and stable ladder to reach the surface of your ceiling. Paint one area entirely and thoroughly well before moving to the next area. For a new surface, minimize the time of applying paint strokes so as to avoid the area drying up before you finish painting the entire area.
Ensure the roller is wet but not saturated with paint. The trick for achieving this is by using a gallon with a roller screen, this screen will help you in getting an evenly distributed paint on the roller. Avoid entirely sub-merging the roller in the paint to avoid saturating the roller with paint.
As you go along, overlap the paint strokes on the ceiling, do not use a lot of energy while doing this. Begin with a forward stroke then overlap with a backward stroke by use of the roller. Alternatively, spread your roller in an M or W shaped pattern. Work towards achieving an even layer of paint as you progress from one surface to the next.
To avoid roller marks, spread the roller on wet paint rather than dry paint. Alternatively, after finishing with the painting, clean the roller and get out as much paint as possible, go over the painted area exerting little to no pressure or energy with the roller and smooth out all the marks that the roller had left earlier. This is the easiest way to get rid of roller marks from your ceiling. Go through each surface where you had applied paint and smooth out any visible marks with the clean dry roller.
When planning to paint your ceiling, avoid the hot and windy season because this will speed up the drying of the paint before you have an evenly painted ceiling. A calm warm or cold day is the best weather to paint your ceiling. If you find all this too overwhelming to handle, then you should probably hire a professional interior painting contractor to paint your ceiling for you.