How to Professionally Paint a Ceiling

There is a right and wrong way to tackle a ceiling painting project. To ensure a flawless ceiling finish, be sure that your paint contractor utilizes a number of the following procedures:

  • Be sure that all paint/primer is new, clean paint
  • All the ceiling areas should be clear of dust/cobwebs prior
  • Areas below the ceiling working area should be taped/tarped and clear of debris
  • Drywall surfaces should be repaired of any holes/tape splits/cracks prior to any kind of paint/primer/topcoat application
  • Painters should utilize cleaned and conditioned brushes and roller naps for premium finishes
  • Ladders and scaffolding must be clean and safe for workers and customers
  • Allotting enough time for primed and/or water stained blocker to dry is important. (often can only need 30 minutes)
  • It is important to ensure that the room being painted is not too warm, or dry, because this will cause the paint to dry too quickly, in turn making it difficult to maintain a wet edge (a constant wet edge reduces the likeliness where you will see stopping points in the final painting product)
  • Lighting is pertinent. Areas exposed to natural light on a regular basis need special attention so that you don’t see stop and go points or roller and brush edges. We often use a shop light when done with ceiling painting to make sure there are no missed spots. (holidays)
  • Final clean up should make sure there is no dirt on the floor or paint drips on the ground/furniture/trim

Now you can enjoy your bright, white ceiling for many years to come!

Sharper Impressions Painting is a leader in the ceiling painting industry. We have painted over 50 types of ceilings with heights from 8 feet to 50 feet!


This advice is only a few tips to ensure a professional ceiling painting. For more information, or to schedule your own FREE interior, or exterior painting quote, please visit our website at, or call us at (877) 665-5566.