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Tips for Painting High Ceilings

calander Dec 17 , 2019 user-icon Nash Painting
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High ceilings are a great feature for any room. Their height adds a sense of dimension and depth, and they can make the space feel open. Fresh painting can serve to improve and enhance those dramatic effects.

But it’s no small feat to paint a standard ceiling, much less one that’s higher than normal. Here’s what our expert room painters suggest for a successful ceiling painting project.

Use the Right Tools and Equipment

To paint high ceilings like an expert, you’ll need the same tools and equipment the experts use. A sturdy ladder is a must, since you want to stay as stable, still, and upright as possible while painting. An extension pole will be necessary to get paint to the highest points and the hardest to reach corners of the ceiling. Then you’ll need a brush that affixes firmly to the pole, so that it doesn’t move unexpectedly while you’re applying paint.

You’ll need a roller that matches the texture of the paint finish you want to achieve. And you’ll need a brush for smaller areas where detail painting needs doing. Rollers are good for the ceilings themselves, as they help you distribute a lot of paint quickly and evenly. Brushes will come in handy when you need to get the details right, like when painting trim between your ceiling and interior walls.

It’s important your paint itself is of the highest possible quality. Paint that’s too thin will not achieve the seamless finish you want. If your ceilings don't look their best, you may end up spending additional time and money repainting them.

Select the Right Color

Choosing a paint color means picking a color you like, of course. But you want to be sure you know how it will look on the surface of your ceiling before applying it, as removal is tedious and painting over it with another color without removing the paint properly will impact the look of your overall paint job.

You can choose colors based on your existing wall color, or the desired effect you want to achieve, like making a smaller room appear larger and more open.

Clean and Prepare the Ceiling Surface

If you don’t prepare the ceiling surface before painting by removing old, chipping, or peeling paint, your new paint job won’t look like new. Any debris, holes, or other imperfections in the ceiling surface will affect the way your new paint looks. You’ll need to know how to properly remove and repair anything that doesn’t leave your ceiling super-smooth so your paints and primers will stick properly and have that professional look.

Don’t Drip

Dripping paint is more than a nuisance, as it can mean a whole additional project of paint removal from walls, trim, or flooring. It could also damage furniture, upholstery, and other decor in your room. And any dripping means more time and more money spent than you’ve originally budgeted.

Ask for Help

There’s a lot to consider before painting a ceiling, and it’s okay to ask for help. While painting ceilings yourself takes some doing, professional painters like Nash Painting have the exact tools and equipment on hand that your project needs.

They know what colors and finishes to use to achieve the look you want. And they will prepare, protect, and prime surfaces correctly so your paint looks great from the start and lasts longer.

You don’t have to risk the hassle of painting ceilings yourself. Call Nash Painting for your ceiling painting estimate, and get the job done with no stress and no regrets.