How to Prep Your Bathroom Ceiling for a Paint Job?

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How to Prep Your Bathroom Ceiling for a Paint Job?

Painting a bathroom ceiling, like any other painting project, requires some preparation to do. It requires a lot of hard work for sure, but the result of successfully painting your bathroom ceiling will be phenomenal.

For you to achieve that, you need to know what are the do’s and don’ts when painting your bathroom ceiling. Otherwise, you may end up with a bathroom ceiling that’s peeling all over or paint bubbles that look glaringly obvious.

Here are some things you need to know about painting your bathroom ceiling to help you get the best results possible.

What Is the Best Paint to Use on a Bathroom Ceiling?

Before you can get any painting done, you must first consider what type of paint to use. There are two types of paint that people generally go for when it comes to painting interiors: oil and latex paint.

When painting bathrooms, however, water-based latex paint would be the most suitable option. While oil paint is known for its durability and resistance to scrubbing, it requires the use of mineral spirits for clean-up. Also, oil-based paints tend to release high levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

On the other hand, latex paint is a better pick for bathrooms, especially water-based one. Many latex paint formulas today offer much-improved durability and moisture resistance. Just be sure to opt for washable water-based latex paint, as these tend to have a tighter molecular structure that prevents water from penetrating the coat.

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How to Prepare a Bathroom Ceiling for Painting

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There are many things you need to do to prepare a bathroom ceiling for painting. Some of the more notable preparations include:

• Remove Fixtures and Fix Issues – Any fixtures on the ceiling, such as lights or heat lamps, should be removed first. Once this is done, you need to scrape off any flaking paint using a putty knife to make sure the surface is even. If there are any holes on the surface of the ceiling, you can patch them up with a hand sander. Just make sure the surface is even by resanding the holes. Failure to do this step will result in new paint peeling off while painting, so make sure you keep the surface even.

• Wash the Ceiling If Necessary – Before applying paint, the surface of the ceiling and the surrounding area must be clean and free of dust and other particles. A dirty surface is one of the reasons why paint bubbles appear. Make sure the area is thoroughly clean and dry before applying paint.

• Priming the Ceiling – Paint has a tendency to not stick very well to just any surface. Sometimes they need a coat of primer for the paint to stick and look great. While this is not required, it will definitely make sure your paint job looks like it’s professionally done.

After doing all that prep work, the only thing left is to paint your bathroom ceiling. It’s quite a straightforward thing to do, but it does require a lot of effort. Just stick to these tips, and you’ll have a bathroom ceiling looking good as new.

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