Residential ceilings that feature drywall often have a textured finish, which hides taping imperfections by deflecting the light. We are seeing more textured ceilings pop up in many homes in Clinton Township, MI.
If your textured ceiling is starting to look a little dated and faded, has signs of water damage or you’re simply tired of the current look, giving it a quick repaint is the best way to restore the beauty of your room. Textured walls can be created through a variety of ways, and the characteristic of the texture can range from almost flat to near ½-inch peaks with defined valleys and tips.
Relatively smooth ceiling textures, like those that resemble an orange peel, are generally simple to paint using a roller and an extension pole. However, when the texture becomes larger, using a paint sprayer might be the best option. Most popcorn ceilings, for instance, might benefit more from a paint sprayer than a roller or a paintbrush.
Generally, painting overhead means there would be an increased risk of paint spills and splatters –whether you’re rolling or spraying. So before you start painting, make sure you tape off existing walls with painter’s tape that features a lightweight rollout plastic drop cloth. Turn off the electrical breaker in any room you’re going to paint and install temporary lights from an extension cord. If you can’t remove the light fixture, drape it completely using a painters tape and plastic sheets.
Rolling the Ceiling
Rolling is a suitable option for ceilings that have relatively shallow textures. Before you start rolling, wear a hat and old clothing or cover yourself up using a disposable paint suit. You want to use a thick, high-quality roller cover for this project. We recommend using lambswool or specialty synthetic covers with a thickness of ¾ of an inch to 1¼ of an inch.
An extension pole for the roller is essential for reaching the ceiling without having to stand on a ladder or stool. It’s important to roll using light pressure and avoid the temptation of over-saturating some areas. Clean any visible dust particles and cobwebs, and roll on a coat of the primer before applying the paint. Generally, use a medium-nap roller for nearly smooth texture, but switch to a large-nap roller if the texture is deeper.
Spraying the Ceiling
As mentioned earlier, if your texture is deeper, spraying the paint might be your best option. Low-cost paint sprayers from your local paint store might not be the best option because they rely on a paint hopper or reservoirs that tip when you aim the spray gun towards the ceiling. You should preferably rent a commercial paint sprayer which typically comes with a pump and a more flexible hose.
You might want to strain the paint and primer using a nylon paint strainer before spraying. Applying multiple, light coats of paint are better than one or two heavy coats. You can spray all the way up to the taped-off walls, which means you don’t have to use a paintbrush after.
When spray painting, a respiratory musk, and a disposable paint suit are highly necessary. You will also need goggles and a pull-on disposable head covering with a cutout area for the face.
The Bottom Line
Painting any ceiling can be a tricky and messy job, and things get even tougher if it’s a textured ceiling. If you don’t have the skills, training and the right tools, you definitely should leave the ceiling painting project to the professionals.
At Eason Painting, for instance, we have years of experience offering interior painting services in Macomb Township, Washington Township, Ray Township, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Romeo, Armada, Troy, Shelby Township, Harrison Township, Chesterfield, and Clinton Township, MI. Give us a call today to find out what creative ideas we have in store for you.