When you are in the process of painting or re-painting your home, one of the things you may consider doing is the ceiling in one or more of the rooms.
Though people will have no problem remembering that they need to periodically paint their walls, they will often forget that the wall above them needs to be painted, also known as the ceiling.
If, however, you err when you are in the process of painting your ceiling it can end up costing you big in both time and, ultimately, money.
Though it is fairly well known that you should sand prior to painting because you want to make sure that you have as smooth as possible of a surface, it is sometimes thought that you don’t have to do this for ceilings and that you can make an exception.
This is a mistake — ceilings are just like any other surface that you are painting, and you still need to sand the ceiling if you want to get as smooth of a surface as possible prior to painting.
Of course, since it is the ceiling it is just a bit trickier to sand but sand you must.
When you are painting in or out of your home, you need to of course apply a coat of primer prior to applying the coat or coats of paint.
This need for primer is there whether you are painting an interior wall, an exterior wall, or even when you are painting your ceiling.
The primer is there to make the surface of your ceiling smooth, and it has been shown that when you apply primer prior to painting you have a paint job that lasts significantly longer than if you do not.
When you are trying to find a good way to reach up to your ceiling to paint it, usually with a paint roller, there are quite a few ways to get up — and scaffolding is probably the worst of them.
I do not refer to the kind of scaffolding that you sometimes will see outside of a building — those are professionally built and as stable as can be.
This refers to the kind of scaffolding that people make in the comfort of their own home, using a couple of large objects and a plank or two for stability.
The problems are twofold — one is that it is a lot less portable than a simple folding ladder, and two is that it is much more dangerous than such a ladder.
It may seem like a huge drag and waste of time to have to remove the furniture from rooms where you are painting, but it has many benefits that far outweigh the inconvenience.
The furniture that is there just gets in the way of the painting process.
Additionally, having the furniture there just leads to paint dripping right onto it.
Sometimes people will look up before they start painting and say you know, what’s the worst that can happen?
These are the people that cover nothing and hope that the paint stays exactly where they put it.
They’re also the people who end up spending a lot of time cleaning the paint off of their furniture and things.
If you think that you can get your ceiling painted in just a day, you’re in for a world of disappointment as you will spend quite a bit longer than that for your average ceiling.
With all the time you will need to spend waiting for things to dry plus the setup time, you’re looking at least a long weekend for the average ceiling painting project.
One of the worst things people do is not waiting for their primer or the paint to fully dry before moving on to the next step.
What this ends up doing is getting the previous coat to stick to the paint roller and utterly ruin the paint job.
If you need a professional to help you with your exterior painting in Omaha, NE, our team at Brush & Roll Painting can help.