How to use a paint roller on a ceiling

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List of stuffs you need for the project

Drop clothes – this will protect your floors and other surfaces.

Painters ladder
Paint pole or extension pole for your paint roller extension
Caulk gun for cornice gaps
Good paint brush
Paint roller tray
Sand paper, spaka and applicator.
Foam paint brush


First, you have to take all unnecessary wall and room furniture out or cover them with a drop clothes.

After filling and sanding any visible cracks, caulk any cornice gaps with the caulk gun.


Cutting in paint when painting ceilings is said to be easier because you will be painting walls next. Therefore, practise cutting in paint around the ceiling by doing all the cornices as close to the plaster line as possible on the wall side. On the ceiling side, make sure you go at least the width of your Wooster paint brushes toward the centre of the ceiling from the cornice. It allows for more streak free paint rolling as you won’t be bumping the roller on cornice. Next is to hand paint around any air vents, light fittings and any other features on the ceiling that won’t be flat and smooth to roll.

Place your roller tray in a central and safe position on the drop cloth then put your painters ladder away and apply the paint roller.

Fill the roller tray by no more than 1/3 of its deep point. Join the roller to the paint roller extension pole and gently roll into the tray. To help ensure a cleaner roll off, avoid as best you can getting the hooked end of the roller covered.

Roll off excess paint, and starting usually furthest from any window, roll from the ”cut in” edge of the ceiling cornice. Work the roller from one side of the ceiling over to the other cornice edge, just overlapping the cut in area of the other end point. Provide an even, not heavy, coating. With each application, cross over the last roll off point by an inch or two. Do not try to squeeze extra milage from your roller- keep going back to the tray, instead, coat up your roler, then re-apply more to the ceiling and smooth off.

This article was writing with the help of the painting tips gotten from an interview with the head operator at