If you have never painted a ceiling, or if you have and quickly learned that ceiling painting requires a different interior painting skillset than wall painting, you may be wondering how professional painters get the amazing results that they do. Ceilings do present unique challenges, but the experienced interior house painters at All American Painting Plus have tackled them all and delivered professional results.
There’s the obvious question of how you paint a ceiling without dripping or splattering paint on the flooring or furniture. The answer is experience, paint type, technique, and of course, the judicious use of drop cloths and covers. Our residential painting experts can paint a ceiling and in the process of cleaning up after ourselves, leave the space cleaner than when we started.
There are three basic categories of ceilings: flat, textured, and ceilings with stains or other flaws.
Over time (and multiple paintings), flat ceilings can take on a texture of their own from paint bumps, airborne dirt, and other crud. To ensure a smooth finish and good paint adhesion, our professional painters will lightly sand the ceiling to get rid of the “texture.” The sanding will be followed with a dusting to remove any debris caused by the sanding.
We always recommend that paint specifically formulated for ceilings be used. These paints won’t splatter, have a slow drying time, and come in a flat finish. While the base paint comes in white, it can be tinted to whatever the customer wants.
The key to painting any kind of ceiling is to work fast, work in smaller patches, and make sure wet paint is going on to wet paint. It starts with a “cut out,” where the painter uses a brush to paint the area where the ceiling and wall meet. This eliminates the possibility of getting paint on the wall when rolling. When using rollers, we only use high quality lambswool covers. These covers allow us to get the most amount of paint on the ceiling in the shortest amount of time without splattering.
Textured ceilings can be tricky. If the ceiling has been painted before, it can be painted using the same technique (except for sanding) as a flat ceiling. However, if the ceiling has never been painted before, the moisture and weight of the paint could pull the “texturing” off in sheets. In these cases it’s best to test the ceiling in an inconspicuous place, like a closet.
If no texture is lost, then the technique is to gently roll the ceiling with no back and forth motion. Let the paint dry and then apply a second coat.
If a leaky roof has stained a ceiling, it will leave a dark water mark. These flaws can be covered using a stain-blocking primer like Kilz or a white pigmented shellac before applying the ceiling paint. If there has been smoke damage, you will want the entire ceiling covered in primer.
While most ceilings are white, coloring a ceiling can have a dramatic impact on a space. When you have decided to use the premiere painting service in Northern Virginia to paint your ceiling, ask us about your options to liven up the ceiling with a splash of color.
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All American Painting Plus has been my “go to” company for over 10 years for home and office painting and I’ve been consistently satisfied with the finished product and their professionalism. I’ve found Brian McCracken’s staff to be exceptionally skilled craftsmen and can count on them to do the job well, including taking care to prepare walls and fix problem areas before they paint so that the finished product is polished. Please ask Brian for my contact information if you would like more specifics.
I want to thank you and your team for the work you did on my residence. The men showed up at the appointed time to replace and paint the fascia board. You recommended a change from wood to a more modern substance, which I accepted, at a negligible increase in the price for the job. Thank you for that. You should be extremely proud of the team that did the work. They worked quickly, safely, and without complaint from neighbors on either side of the townhouse. As you know, I have fastidious neighbors, that watched the work on that day, and they told me later, that your crew impressed them as well.
Brian McCracken was courteous, professional and a delight, amazing qualities in a worker you invite into your home. I found him painting a home in my neighborhood. The homeowner had checked him out on Angie’s List and ranted as to the professionalism of the workers. It was important to me that the company was local and not a big, franchised company. Brian’s estimate was spot on. When I added more to the job, Rene – the foreman – consulted with Brian to give me an estimate on the additional work. The painters arrived when they said they would, working efficiently and cleanly. At the end of each day, it looked like they were never here. All of their tools picked up. When they needed to leave the ladders they asked if it would be ok and where would be the best place to leave they were they would be out of our way. All American has come back 2 more times to tackle different jobs for us. I have recommended them to friends. And now recommend All American to you. You will not be disappoint
We couldn’t be more pleased with the work All American Painting did for our home. The team did a wonderful job from start to finish, from sending us an incredibly detailed estimate so there was no guess work, to keeping the work area tidy throughout the project. We certainly will use them again! Cheers!