Ceiling paint is, of course, used when one wants to paint their ceilings.

Ceilings are usually textured but they can also be un-textured. Ceiling paint comes in both an latex or alkyd (oil) based product.

Most quality ceiling paint tends to splatter less and has good stain hiding properties. With that said I, myself, prefer to use a regular high quality interior flat paint on textured ceilings. A regular type flat paint is usually more expensive than labeled ceiling paints, yet I find that the regular stuff looks better than most other paints (for ceilings)once applied.

You will need to decide what type of product will work best for your specific situation.


Alkyd paint is used when a textured ceiling has never been painted before. Applying a latex ceiling paint over a textured ceiling can make the textured ceiling surface loose its adhesion. A loss of adhesion would then cause the textured stipple to fall to the floor.

Always use a latex paint on a non-textured ceiling. A textured ceiling that has been previously primed or painted, can also be painted with a latex product. If you're not sure whether the ceiling has been previously painted or not, I would then suggest applying the alkyd based product.

Ceilings are in almost all cases coated with a paint that has a flat sheen. Higher sheens usually show all of the roller (or spray) marks along with the divots or deviations that a ceiling surface can tend to have. Of course, regardless of what it might look like, ceilings that get dirty easily and need constant cleaning should be painted with more of a semi-gloss or gloss finish.

Some ceiling paints go on pink or blue in color, then dry white. A ceiling paint that goes on in one color then dries another, insures that missed spots are less likely. For easier application and if you're a less experienced painter, using paint that changes color as it dries might be your best choice.

White ceilings are the norm but ceiling paint can be applied in almost any color. Be sure to keep in mind though, darker ceilings will make a room look smaller and a darker ceiling can tend to get dusty faster. Darker ceilings can also absorb a lot more light than a white ceiling.

If your ceilings have cob webs try and carefully remove the webs with a broom. Some textures are not very well attached to the ceiling. In such cases you're usually better off painting right over the cob web.

Stains on the ceiling should be coated with a stain blocker (Kilz or Bins) prior to painting. Cracks and small holes also need to be filled using a paint-able caulk.

Spray cans of stipple repair can be purchased from your local home improvement centre. Even so, a repaired stipple ceiling can be quite easily detected. If your looking for an un-detectable repair, then you will, in most cases, have to scrap away all of the old stipple and re-stipple the entire room.

Spraying the ceiling with a paint sprayer is the fastest way to get the job done, especially if your painting the wall after painting the ceilings. Even so, rolling the ceiling will work just fine but requires a little more effort and can look a little less professionally done.

Ask your local paint retailer, and home improvement centre for help selecting the type of ceiling paint you will need, along with the kind of tools, products and materials required for the job at hand.

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