Ceiling paint has a higher viscosity than any other paint type used in walls, which simply means it’s thicker and doesn’t drip. This is why experts use ceiling paint to hide cracks and imperfections. This is usually a good choice for home improvement.

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If you’re planning to paint a ceiling by yourself, read below to find out more.

Why you should use ceiling paint?

While no rule prohibits you from using wall paint on the ceiling, there are a few factors that make ceiling paint a better choice.

  • The ceiling paint is thicker, and it sticks well.

One coat of ceiling paint is thick enough to cover the ceiling’s edges and imperfections.

  • Ceiling paints are designed to be applied with ease.

Manufacturers create ceiling paint in a way that can easily stick. Some of them even produce paint in different colors that turn white once applied and dried out. As a result, you can easily spot areas you might have missed.

  • You can achieve a consistently smooth finish.

With ceiling paint’s high viscosity, getting a consistently smooth finish is easy, especially those that are designed specifically to cover cracks.

  • The ceiling paints are flat.

The ceiling paints are formulated in a way that the light doesn’t reflect on them. So, any slight irregularities are not noticeable.

  • Ceiling paint help make the room looks bigger.

Most ceiling paints are glossy, which can create a good reflection with its color. As a result, the room looks bigger and more spacious.

How to cover cracks in the ceiling with paint?

There are different reasons for cracks to appear on your ceiling.

Cracks can be due to major structural problems, or it could be moisture damage, a problem with the drywall, or probably the floor above the ceiling is too heavy.

Do you know how to cover cracks in the ceiling with paint? Here are a few steps you can take:

  • Clean the surface.

Make sure that your surface is clean before painting, which means removing the old paint with tools like a scraper. Any other obstructions, like loose debris, should be removed as well.

  • Check for cracks or small holes.

If the crack is deep, you may need to patch it with a patching agent. However, if the problem is only a hairline crack, the ceiling paint can do the job of covering it.

  • Sand the Surface.

Sanding the surface is necessary to ensure that it is smooth enough for an excellent finish. This will also help remove slight imperfections.

  • Divide the area into sections.

Start painting at the edges of the ceiling. Then divide the ceiling paint into sections to ensure you don’t miss a spot.

  • Apply wet-on-wet Technique

Go through the ceiling one section at a time. Make sure to apply the wet-on-wet technique when painting over in ceiling paint to prevent corrosion.

Once you’re finished coating the whole area, you need to examine if the imperfections or cracks are all covered, especially if you are painting a popcorn ceiling or a textured ceiling. Otherwise, you’ll need to run the brush over again.

Pro tips when painting a cracked ceiling:

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  1. If you’re not a professional painter, you might want to use a brush or roller in ceiling paint to hide cracks. Spray paint will not give you good results if you don’t know how to use it properly. You might end up spraying all over the room and not just the ceiling.
  2. If the crack reoccurred quickly after painting, use a primer to make the paint long-lasting.
  3. When patching cracks, you have to match the thickness of the joint compound with the depths of the crack, or you can place mesh tape over the patching compound to level the surface.
  4. Thoroughly inspect the crack to identify if it’s the ceiling or just the old ceiling paint. If it’s the old paint, you have to scrape and replace it with a new one.
  5. Be careful not to overspread when applying the ceiling paint, resulting in uneven paint distribution. Use your best judgment. Since the ceiling paint has a thick texture, one coat of paint may be enough.

How do professional painters hide the ceiling cracks with paint?

Professional painters deal with cracks on a day-to-day basis.

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They can identify cracks that need to be painted over or be covered with minor patching. They are handy in any equipment, whether a brush, a paint roller or even spray paint for the ceiling to hide any cracks and discoloration.

Since they are more familiar with all types of ceiling paint, they’ll know which ones to pick to provide the right finish that goes well with the room.

The professionals from El Gato Painting are adept at hiding imperfections in ceilings and walls. They apply 21-step preparation before starting to paint: from choosing the right type of paint to the tools needed, all to provide an excellent result. They can even provide you with professional tips in caring for your ceiling and making it last longer.

Why exert the effort of painting the ceiling all by yourself when you can get someone to take over the brush for you?

Get someone creative and trustworthy.

Call the El Gato Painting Services and book an appointment!