Interior Walls and Ceiling Painting Techniques

House wall and ceiling painting is generally a project that’s recommended to be done in 2 steps: painting with a roller and cutting in. The truth is that most of the times it’s recommended that two people will tackle this project since hey, you’re going to get the job done faster and be able to enjoy it much sooner.

Here is some background on a paint roller invention – http://torontoist.com/2013/01/toronto-invents-the-paint-roller/

So the way it work is that while one person will use the brush for outlining or cutting in the areas that cannot be painted properly by a pint roller without staining the adjoining side, the second person will use the roller for painting the walls and the ceiling as well.

Keep in mind that in the event the walls and the room’s ceiling are of the exact same color, you’ll be able to consider cutting in both at once. If that’s not the case though, then you should start working on the horizontal surfaces first.

Working In A Team of 2

Interior Walls and Ceiling Painting TechniquesWhen you have someone else that can help you paint the plafond and the interior walls, you should consider having him start spreading a 2” band of paint (using the brush) on the plafond. Make sure that he also paints close to the perimeter as well. Bear in mind that if the outliner is faster than the roller, then you’re going to have a big problem on your hands. So what will happen is that lamp marks are going to be left behind which needless to say, aren’t going to help get the job done right.

The roller needs to also try and keep up. The more he can cover, the easier it’s going to be for you to get the job done properly, fast and on time. And of course, if you used a roller and a brush before, then you’re probably aware of the fact that they both leave different textures behind.

As a result, both the roller and the outliner have to consider painting using the following rules:

  1. If there is a plafond molding, then the outliner needs to make sure that he’s going to paint it carefully. After painting it, along the short wall, he needs to cut in a band of paint on the ceiling.
  2. Of course, the roller will need to carefully consider following the outliner and when the plafond is cut in along 1 wall, he needs to roll it.
  3. The outliner will now have to consider cutting in 1 band of paint on 1 wall, all the way down the wall in the nooks and at the plafond. After that, he’ll have to paint across the baseboard’s bottom side. After that’s completed, he can finally begin painting that wall.
  4. The role of the outliner is to make sure that he properly cut sin any doors and windows on that wall and of course, any other area that the roller cannot cover. Some examples of such areas include behind radiators.
  5. At this point, the wall will have to be completed by the outliner. This is done by cutting in the one at the baseboards.
  6. Following along at a swift pace, the roller is going to get the job done pretty fast.
  7. As expected, this process can be quite repetitive, so be patient.

If paint needs to be applied to flat and broad surfaces, including plafonds and walls, then it’s recommended that both painters use a shallow roller pan and a nine inch roller as well.

Painting flat surfaces

Prior to getting a new roller and preparing to use it, it’s recommended that the roller is wrapped in masking tape. Only then will the tape need to be peeled off. The reason for doing so is because it’s going to help get remove the fuzzies which are present in new rollers and can cause a lot of problems if they ever make it onto a wall you just painted.

Before you read the next paragraph, watch this short video from Ace Hardware showing how to paint walls and ceiling. It is only around 2 min long.

How to Paint

Painting vertical and horizontal surfaces in your homeIn order to make sure that the wall is going to be painted properly, it’s best that you consider starting by attentively rolling 1 band of tinge to blend and also smooth in the areas that were already cut-in, while there’s still a wet edge. Since at this point you’re going to have a pretty good and wide band, you won’t have to worry about spattering the adjoining surface when you’re going to roll the remainder of the plafond.

Plafond explanation – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plafond

When this step is completed, you’ll need to consider working your way from one side of the room’s narrow dimension to the other in square patches of around three or four feet in size. When you start each row at the same exact wall, you’ll be able to easily keep a wet edge and therefore paint new areas without having to worry about having to deal with noticeable lap marks.

There are quite a few things you’ll need to bear in mind when you consider rolling walls and about them we’re going to focus on below:

  1. It’s always a good idea that you start painting in a corner. If you’re painting a horizontal surface, then you should consider laying down a big W pattern with a width of approximately 3′. On the other hand, when paining vertical surfaces, you’ll have to consider laying down a roller width coat of tinge starting all the way up at the top and working your way towards the bottom. After that, it’s time to make things smoother. To do this you should use a dry roller in order to roll from the plafond to the walls. Using this method, you should continue working your way along the wall or across the plafond.
  2. Skimping on paint is definitely not a good idea at all. By taking the step we previously discussed, you’ll be able to make sure the walls and plafond have been covered adequately with paint.
  3. Last but not least, try to observe your progress as frequently as possible from various angles in order to make sure that there are no missed spots or lap marks. In this regard, it’s recommended that the room is properly lit. If you do notice lap marks, as long as the tinge is wet you’ll be able to easily cover them.