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How to Paint a Ceiling

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This is a guide that will take you through the process of re-painting a flat plastered ceiling with matt white emulsion paint to achieve a professional result.
What you'll need: 
A good quality emulsion paint brush
A roller bucket or tray
A long handled or extendable emulsion paint roller
Filler
Good quality matt white emulsion paint
Sanding block or paper
Stain blocker
Safe steps or a platform
1: 
Cover and protect any furniture, carpets and fittings then take a good look at the ceiling. Check for cracks, stains and marks that will show through the paint. Time spent on preparation will make a vast difference to the finished job.
2: 
Clean the ceiling if necessary with a sugar soap mixture then clean out any cracks and fill them with a good quality filler. Also check for cracks arround the edges (if unsure about mixing the filler read the directions on the pack).
3: 
After the filler has dried thoroughly sand down any rough parts of the ceiling until a flat smooth surface is achieved.
4: 
Using a brush, paint any stains with a suitable stain blocker.
5: 
Using a good quality matt white emulsion, paint arround the ceiling edges, lights and fittings with an emulsion brush. Be particularly careful not to splash paint on fixtures and fittings - if you do, wipe off immediately with a clean damp cloth.
6: 
Using a good quality long handled or extendable emulsion roller and bucket or tray, paint the ceiling with one coat of the matt white emulsion. Let this dry thoroughly - check the instructions on the tin for timings.
7: 
When the paint has dried thoroughly, apply a second full coat including the edges and arround the fixtures and fittings.
8: 
After the second coat has dried thoroughly, stand back and admire the result.
Tips: 
Use good quality tools and paint for a proffessional finish
Spend time on the preparation and you will get a good finish
Take care when painting not to splash fixtures and fittings
Wipe paint off immediately with a damp cloth
Warnings: 
Work from safe steps or a platform
If unsure of products to use read the instructions
You can also ask for help at your chosen Diy shop
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