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Best Ways To Paint A Textured Ceiling

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Textured ceilings have been popular for many years because they add visual interest to a room. But whether you have a popcorn, knockdown, or orange peel ceiling, painting it can be a daunting proposition. It requires careful preparation and the right tools to get the job done to a professional standard.

Prepare the surface.

Contractors should make any needed repairs to the ceiling before painting. The ceiling should be cleaned with a vacuum. This must be done carefully, so as not to damage the texture with the vacuum attachment. Remove furniture from the room, or cover larger pieces with drop cloths or plastic. Remember to cover the floor as well to protect against paint drips from the ceiling. Also, the walls should be covered with plastic sheeting that hangs down at least three feet from the ceiling.

Get the correct paint.

Texture paint is a thick paint that is specially made to hold textured designs, like stippling, even after it is dry. You can find texture paint in several different varieties, like smooth, sand, or coarse. Coarse is sometimes called “popcorn,” and ceilings with this kind of paint are called “popcorn ceilings.”

Use the correct tools.

Textured ceilings can be painted with either a roller or a spray gun. The roller should have a nap of at least one inch for thick textures and 3/4 inch for finer ones. The roller should be pressed lightly. Go over the same area repeatedly to ensure the paint gets into all the little crevices. Many painters prefer using a spray gun for textured ceilings because it will deliver the paint uniformly over the surface. Spraying also takes less time than rolling.

Prepare edges.

All edges should be taped carefully. Alternately, cut in (paint with a bristle brush or a disposable foam-rubber brush) around the edges of the ceiling to a width of several inches.

Prime the surface.

Most painters will use a coat of primer on a textured ceiling, which will allow the new paint to bind to the ceiling more strongly. Primer should be allowed to dry overnight. Remember that paint takes longer to dry on a textured ceiling because of all the little nooks and crannies on the surface.

Even though it may seem tough, painting a textured ceiling isn’t so bad if you take the time to get the right materials and prep the surface properly. You’ll be able to enjoy the fresh coat of paint on your ceiling in no time.

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