Painting Ceilings and Walls
What you'll need:
Here's everything you'll need to get it right the first time.
  • Paint trays and liners
  • Cans and jars
  • Latex brushes for water, natural for oil (alkyd)
  • 2-3" brushes for cutting in
  • 4-5" brushes for walls
  • 1" brushes for frames
  • Rollers and roller covers (various sizes)
  • Edge pads
  • Extension poles
  • Drop cloths
  • Painter's tape (narrow and wide)
  • Painting hats
  • Buckets
  • Stiring sticks
  • Power sprayer (optional)

Simple techniques for a great paint job on your ceilings and walls.
Cutting In
"Cutting in" is a simple painting technique for achieving clean lines at the corners and edges. Work in 3' sections so that you keep a wet edge when you fill in. Use an angled 2" trim brush to make a series of short strokes away from the edges where the walls or ceiling and wall meet.
Consider using a painting pad for "cutting in" around door and window frames. It's fast and delivers a reliably uniform edge. Keep the wheels very clean to prevent marking the wall. Important: work in 3' sections to keep a wet edge.
Painting Ceilings
After each section is cut in, fill in. Use a roller on an extension pole to paint in one direction. Move quickly so as not to lose your wet edge.
Using a Roller on Walls
Load your roller (see above). Make certain your roller isn't overloaded.
Roll a 3' wide "W" on the wall.
Then without lifting your roller off the wall, fill in the W.
Work horizontally across the room moving from side to side.
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