Interior painting is generally a messy thing, with paint dripping during the process as well as the paint that spills from the various paint containers while transporting them and other messy factors.
There are things that can be done to vastly reduce the amount of mess that we make in the process of painting the ceiling, which tends to be a bit more on the messy side on account of the nature of gravity itself causing paint to come down off of the ceiling, as careful as we are while painting it.
With that being the case, here are five ideas for painting your ceiling while reducing your mess in Coppell, TX.
1. Use Heavy Cloth Drop Cloth For The Floor
Seemingly the most obvious of things to do is to cover the floor when you are painting in any case, but when you are painting the ceiling it is more important to wisely choose the material you will be using to cover it.
A lighter weight material such as a flimsy plastic tarp might work well at first, but as you are moving around the room it could easily shift and expose the floor area to dripping paint.
There are certain lighter cloth drop cloths that are so thin that paint passes right through them and it isn't even worth having anything to cover the floor when this is the case.
A heavy cloth drop cloth will protect your floor from the dripping paint and also not shift about.
If your drop cloth has a side of it that is plastic, it can help to better protect your floor from any spill that will happen during the painting process.
2. Remove Your Light Switch Covers And Outlet Covers
No matter how careful we are, it's nearly impossible to avoid getting paint on the light switch covers and electrical outlet covers while painting.
The better thing to do is to just remove them entirely and to use painter's tape to cover the exposed area.
It's a lot easier to remove the painter's tape after the work is done than to try to clean the switch / outlet covers.
3. Remove Wall And Ceiling Light Fixtures If Possible
In addition to getting in the way, ceiling and light fixtures often will be the very things that will get splattered with paint during the process of painting the ceiling.
By removing these light fixtures, you will avoid the possibility that they will get messy.
If it's not possible to remove the wall and ceiling light fixtures, you can cover them with tape and plastic as this also will help to prevent a mess.
4. Better Lighting For Smaller Messes
The better you can see what you are doing, the smaller the likelihood that you are going to make a mess or spill while you are painting your ceiling.
One of the best kinds of light you can get for interior painting is flood lighting, and flood lights can be purchased or rented.
Either way, you do well for yourself by illuminating your painting area.
5. Stir Paint In A Paper Bag
One way that messes get made while you are painting any interior space is during the mixing of the paint, which is necessary during a typical painting project.
To protect your interior from the kinds of spills that take place while stirring the paint, do the stirring inside a paper bag, the kind that you would typically get from a supermarket.
This contains any possible spill that might happen.
Need some advice on a project in Southlake, TX? Illuminate Painting can help you with your painting needs. Schedule an estimate or call us at (325) 305-6005.