You can paint a ceiling working from a
stepladder or a work platform (make sure yours is
stable) or from the floor using a roller or paint pad
with a handle extension. If you are standing on a
platform, ]eave at least 3 in (7.5 cm) above your
head, Divide the ceiling into sections of about
1-1/2ft (30-45 cm) wide and work each section away
from the main light source.
A ROLLER WITH AN EXTENSION
If you intend to divide an area
horizontally into two colors or to paint around an object
such as a switchplate, it is helpful to stick down
low-tack masking tape to create a straight line between
the different color divisions. You can use tape along the
edge of the floor to keep it free of paint when you
decorate the baseboards. Also use masking tape to attach
stencils to a wall.
Mark the line between the two colors with a soft
pencil and a ruler. Check the alignment of the
horizontal line with a level and the vertical line
with a level or plumb line.
Stick down the masking tape along the line, making
sure that the pencil line is still visible. If your
dividing line is vertical, stick the masking tape
along the far edge of the line.
Apply paint from the middle of the masking tape
downward with a small decorating brush. Once you have
covered the immediate area, paint the rest of the
surface with a large brush.
When you have finished painting the wall and the paint
is completely dry, you can pull off the tape. The use
of low tack masking tape keeps the paint from being
peeled off at the same time.