Today, we’re going to give you five tips to paint ceilings just like a professional painter has done it, and how to do them fast.

Tip 1 – Use A Large Roller

We’re going to be rolling these ceilings with an 18 inch roller. You can either spray them with an airless sprayer or roll them.  The first step in rolling these ceilings really fast is to use an 18 inch roller. You have the option of using an 18 inch or a 9 inch. Don’t want to be looking up at these ceilings for very long, so we’re going to be rolling them with an 18 inch roller. If you don’t have an 18” then use the biggest roller you can buy, the bigger the roller the less time you’ll be rolling.

paint trayYou’ll definitely want to have a big pan that’s going to hold a lot of paint, also make sure your roller fits.

Tip 2 – Get your edges done first

Tip number two in rolling these ceilings really fast, we want to get the edges done very first thing, because we want to be able to roll our walls, and go up the wall and do our cut in so that’s going to dry first.

cutting in rollerYou can use a brush or a roller for cutting in, I find the smaller rollers with a soft lint edge are best for a great finish without using tape, there are a number of specialist rollers just for making cutting in easier, just check out the range in your local DIY store.


Tip 3 – Use good quality paint

Tip number three is using the proper product. We like to use a matt paint when it comes to painting ceilings. It hides imperfections a lot better, it doesn’t show light glare, and then it doesn’t show the flashing or roller like a satin or semi gloss, or even an eggshell paint does.

So definitely use a matt good quality paint wherever you can. There are situations where you probably shouldn’t use a matt paint, like in a bathroom or a kitchen. But 99% of the time, we’re going to be using a matt finish paint, and it’s just going to make your ceilings look a lot better.

Tip 4 – Paint in the right direction

There are certain things you want to take into consideration when you roll your ceiling so that it looks like a professional did it.

One is the direction you roll the paint, and then how you actually lay it out.

When you walk into the room you want to think about is where the light is coming from, and you want to think about where a person or a guest is going to be predominately standing and seeing the ceiling. You want to roll against the length of the room so that when someone’s coming in from the door on they’re not seeing that light flashing across the roll marks.

You’re less likely to see the lap marks if they’re going across them than they are if they’re going towards them.

And then how do you go about laying it out? You’re going to be painting in sections instead of just rolling it in all random directions. Always work in small squares, I’ll split into chunks. I’ll do one chunk that’s about 4 feet by 4 feet, and then another one, and then another one. And then what I’ve always done with each section, I roll that square out all going the same direction. Because you want that stippling to all be going the same way so that you don’t cast different looking shadows one way or the other.

Tip 5 – Make sure your fittings match the paint

Tip number five to paint your ceilings and making it look like a professional did it, is to paint the vents and any type of lights, so they match the ceilings. A lot of time the vents, lights, and any type of fixtures that are mounted into the ceilings, they yellow over time and look kind of old and dingy.

 And even if they’re brand new, it looks a lot better if they match and blend in with the ceiling. So what we typically do if they’re metal and they’re high gloss. Is take can of primer, and we use like an extreme bonding primer, and we’ll spray those things before we roll the ceilings with a spray can of bonding primer.

It looks a lot nicer. Same tip with the walls, we want those vents to match and look really good.

So there you have it, five tips to painting a ceiling like a professional did it. I hope you enjoyed these tips. If you have any questions please drop me a message or if you want help painting your room get in touch for a fast and free quote.

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How To Paint Ceilings Fast and like a Professional Painter