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Old 02-13-2012, 11:36 AM   #1
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Painting Ceilings

I have a question regarding technique when it comes to painting ceilings. What is the preferred technique for rolling ceilings in order to avoid roller marks. I've seen many posts where people suggest painting small sections at a time. However, when it comes to walls they usually recommend going from left to right or right to left making sure to roll from ceiling to floor. Why not do the same on the ceiling and roll along the entire length of the ceiling until you've covered the entire ceiling instead of small sections?

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Old 02-13-2012, 11:55 AM   #2
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With a wall, if you have a break line in the middle of the wall, that can be apparent as you look straight at it. Going from ceiling to floor is one way to avoid that. Of course, that doesn't work when you have high ceilings.

With the ceiling, if you are in a room larger than a bathroom, you're going to spend a good amount of time walking back and forth trying to paint "a row at a time." Ceilings also use a much flatter paint than walls - which IMO, is less likely to show overlap roller lines.

But... wait and see what the guys who do this every day have to say.


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He's right, you would have to keep walking across the room to reload your roller.
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jmorgan, I have some advice for rolling ceilings on the following link And, more DIY Painting Articles in my signature line.
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I've always been told to paint a "W" or M" with the first coat and then go across it perpendicular doing the same motion on the second coat.
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