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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
Good quality matt white emulsion paint
Sanding block or paper
Stain blocker
Safe steps or a platform
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.
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).
After the filler has dried thoroughly sand down any rough parts of the ceiling until a flat smooth surface is achieved.
Using a brush, paint any stains with a suitable stain blocker.
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.
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.
When the paint has dried thoroughly, apply a second full coat including the edges and arround the fixtures and fittings.
After the second coat has dried thoroughly, stand back and admire the result.
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
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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