Tintrio Reviews with ekomi.nl
logo check

Free shipping for orders over € 75

logo check

Ordered before 4 PM, same working day dispatch*

logo check

98% of customers give us a 4-5 star rating

logo check

+50,000 colours

How to: paint the ceiling


The ceiling: not something you'll be staring at the whole time. Nevertheless, it's still a part of the room that is pretty visible, and that can make quite a difference in what the room looks like, so chances are you want to have it look neat. 

Painting a ceiling is not exactly rocket science, but it can be a little bit more challenging than painting a regular wall. So, how do you paint a ceiling? Which paint do you need? How can you prevent those dreaded stripes? 

All the answers can be found right here!


Step 1: preparation

Many consider preparing the surroundings to be one of the less fun tasks. However, when painting the ceiling, it can turn out to be one of the most important ones. You might want to take a few precautionary measures against possible paint splatter and/or gravity interference. 

Perhaps you want to start with the easy part 😊 i.e. covering the floor and the furniture. For the floor, a cardboard cover roll is the most convenient. For furniture, the safest solution is obviously taking it out of the room. If that's not possible, you could use a cover sheet

Next, you can start taping off the top borders of any adjacent walls, using the appropriate masking tape. To be completely safe, we recommend also covering the upper parts of the walls, using cover foil and masking tape. Also important: do not forget to cover tape off the skirting boards

💡TIP - Are you planning on painting both the walls and the ceiling? Then it's a good idea to start with the ceiling. That way, should you still have any paint splatters on the walls, you can still cover them up. 

Preparation
Tintrio Reviews with ekomi.nl
3M Purple Masking Tape
From €6.45 
Tintrio Reviews with ekomi.nl
3M Golden Masking Tape
From €6.95 
Tintrio Reviews with ekomi.nl
Progold Cardboard Protection
From €33.75 
Tintrio Reviews with ekomi.nl
Progold Cover Foil
From €2.05 

Step 2: creating the perfect base

Finished the preparations? Way to go! 🥳

Now, let's go on to the next step: preparing the ceiling's surface. First, check what its condition is. Is it a new ceiling, or has it been painted before? Is it plaster of wood? Are there irregularities or damages? Maybe stains? 

Depending on the state of your ceiling, you can pick one or more of the preparation steps below. 

A previously painted ceiling

A ceiling that has been painted before commonly does not require all that much further preparation. Nevertheless, that does not mean you can skip this step! Different particles in the air rise up and often stick to the ceiling, leaving behind a layer of grease or dirt. A thorough cleaning and degreasing job is therefore imperative when you wish to end up with a perfectly painted ceiling. 

Do you notice any irregularities in the surface? You can also still remove those. You'll find out how to do so by clicking on the "damaged ceiling" tab above. Is your ceiling still in great shape? Woohoo! That means you can start applying primer.
Divide your ceiling into imaginary squares of ca. 1 m². Start painting in the corner closest to the largest window and work away from there. Paint the corners and borders first and continue to roll out the primer in each imaginary square. Repeat until you've applied primer onto the entire ceiling. Try to paint some overlap between all sides of the squares while they're still wet, to cover up the transitions. One coat of primer will suffice. 

An unpainted or porous ceiling

For ceilings in newly built houses, the first thing to do is to determine whether or not it is the right time to paint yet. 

Apart from that, for a new, unpainted ceiling, the primer is extremely important. It will ensure proper adhesion of the following paint coats and great coverage, and it will prevent possible differences in colour. 

💡 TIP - primers aren't all white or grey at all. Order your primer in the same colour as your ceiling paint.

To find out how to apply the primer, switch to the tab "painted ceiling" above. 

A damaged ceiling

Are there small cracks or other minor irregularities in the ceiling? Those can be quickly covered up with renovation paint. Another option is to apply a very fine layer of filler. You might prefer to use a rollable filler for your ceiling, as rolling (with an extension) is a convenient way to work above your head.  

For larger cracks, holes or other damages, you will need an appropriate filling agent. 

A wooden ceiling

For a wooden ceiling, the steps are similar to the steps for a previously painted ceiling. You'll also have to start off by cleaning and degreasing the wood (and letting it dry completely), but you'll be using a different kind of primer. Wood requires a lacquer instead of wall and ceiling paint.

You will also need a special wood filler for filling up possible cracks or other damages, and it is recommended to sand the wood before starting to paint. Make sure to remove any sanding dust.

Use a brush to apply a first layer of primer. The brush will allow you to paint for example the connections between the paneling of the ceiling. Continue by smoothing out the paint layer with a felt roller. Follow the direction of the wood paneling first, roll out across second, and finish by rolling in the paneling's direction once more.   

Re-painting

Tintrio Reviews with ekomi.nl
Berdy Clearline - Degreaser
From €9.95 
Tintrio Reviews with ekomi.nl
Solarine Cleanup Liquid
From €5.45 
Bestseller
Ecolabel
Tintrio Reviews with ekomi.nl
Levis Primer Mur & Plafond
From €19.95 
Top Quality
Tintrio Reviews with ekomi.nl
Sigma Sigmacryl Prim Opaque
From €33.95 
Tintrio Reviews with ekomi.nl
Trimetal Magnaprim Isol
From €24.45 
Tintrio Reviews with ekomi.nl
Sigma Wallprimer Plus
From €118.95 

New ceilings

Top Quality
Tintrio Reviews with ekomi.nl
Sigma Sigmacryl Prim Opaque
From €33.95 

Damages

Tintrio Reviews with ekomi.nl
Levis White+ Renovation
From €96.95 
Tintrio Reviews with ekomi.nl
Dalapro Roll Nova
From €50.95 
Tintrio Reviews with ekomi.nl
Toupret Le Reboucheur
From €19.45 
Tintrio Reviews with ekomi.nl
Red Devil Onetime - Renovation paste
From €3.45 

Wooden ceilings

Sikkens Rubbol BL Primer 1L at Tintrio
Tintrio Reviews with ekomi.nl
Sikkens Rubbol BL Primer
From €31.95 
Bestseller
Tintrio Reviews with ekomi.nl
Sikkens Rubbol BL Rezisto Satin
From €46.95 

An extremely scratch-resistant and skin grease-resistant finishing paint for interior use.

An extremely scratch-resistant and skin grease-resistant finishing paint for interior use.

Re-painting

Tintrio Reviews with ekomi.nl
Berdy Clearline - Degreaser
From €9.95 
Tintrio Reviews with ekomi.nl
Solarine Cleanup Liquid
From €5.45 
Bestseller
Ecolabel
Tintrio Reviews with ekomi.nl
Levis Primer Mur & Plafond
From €19.95 
Top Quality
Tintrio Reviews with ekomi.nl
Sigma Sigmacryl Prim Opaque
From €33.95 
Tintrio Reviews with ekomi.nl
Trimetal Magnaprim
From €143.45 
Tintrio Reviews with ekomi.nl
Sigma Wallprimer Plus
From €118.95 

New ceilings

Top Quality
Tintrio Reviews with ekomi.nl
Sigma Sigmacryl Prim Opaque
From €33.95 
Tintrio Reviews with ekomi.nl
Trimetal Magnaprim Fix
From €19.95 
Tintrio Reviews with ekomi.nl
Sigma Sigmafix Universal Primer
From €22.45 

Unpigmented water-based fixer and primer for indoor and outdoor use based on acrylic dispersion.

Unpigmented water-based fixer and primer for indoor and outdoor use based on acrylic dispersion.

Tintrio Reviews with ekomi.nl
Sikkens Alpha Fix
From €67.95 

Water-based fixative primer for interior walls and ceilings. This primer improves paint adhesion, evens out surfaces, and enhances the durability of subsequent paint layers. Suitable for various substrates, it provides a professional foundation for quality interior finishes.

Water-based fixative primer for interior walls and ceilings. This primer improves paint adhesion, evens out surfaces, and enhances the durability of subsequent paint layers. Suitable for various substrates, it provides a professional foundation for quality interior finishes.

Damages

Tintrio Reviews with ekomi.nl
Levis White+ Renovation
From €96.95