The ceiling should always be painted first. This allows you to effectively cover the surface with at least two coats while not worrying about any over-spray by the roller. 

When painting the ceiling, use a roller with a double-arm frame for maximum control.

Does It Matter If You Paint the Walls Or Ceiling First?

Painting Ceiling and trim first before walls

Yes, whether you paint walls or ceilings first can make a massive difference as it affects how you must protect the walls and ceiling colors from dripping onto each other.

The standard recommendation is to paint the ceiling initially, then the walls, and ultimately the trim or baseboards.

This is because when painting a ceiling, there is a greater chance of drips and splatters falling onto the walls, which can ruin your freshly painted walls. 

By painting the ceiling first, any drips or splatters can be easily covered up when you paint the walls.

What Is The Trick For Painting Ceilings?

The best way to paint a ceiling is to use a paint roller and work in grid-like sections of 3 square feet to 5 square feet each.

This helps keep edges wet and lets you see your progress to ensure an even coat. For smooth ceilings, use a low nap roller.

Key Takeaways:

  • Always paint the ceiling first to avoid drips or splatters on the freshly painted walls.
  • Use a double-arm frame roller when painting the ceiling for maximum control.
  • To achieve a uniform coating on the ceiling, it is advisable to paint in sections of 3 to 5 square feet, working in a grid-like pattern. 
  • Use a low nap roller for smooth ceilings.

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