Best Tips for Spray Painting Walls and Ceilings

Best Tips for Spray Painting Walls and Ceilings

A painted wall looks like a piece of artwork. In today’s world, wall painting placed its name on the top as one of the exclusive beautification preferences of the houses. Through wall painting, your house can get a distinguished look which actually influences the rest of the decoration preferences of your house. Therefore, if you want to remodel your interior, wall painting is the one which neither has an alternative nor is comparable to other beautification options. 

There are a variety of paints and painting equipment kit available in the market, painting shops or hardware stores. Painting with a paint sprayer is much more favoured among the professional painters compared to traditional paintbrush and rollers for its versatile features. However, wall painting is a pretty easy job nowadays because of the existence of the paint sprayer. Painting with the sprayer gives such a finish in the walls, which creates a delightful atmosphere in the entire house. Looking for the best home painting company? Look no further! Hitch Property Constructions has you covered.

For a large project, either residential or commercial interior wall and ceiling painting, professional painters always prefer spray paint to achieve a smooth finish in a faster way which gives the clients the highest level of satisfaction. But, if you are an amateur, you may need to go through a trial for two to three times to be trained on the spray paint before commencing your project. The painting technique with the sprayer is pretty easy to grasp. 

What to spray first – Ceiling or Walls?

When you are using a paint sprayer, it is recommended that you start with ceilings. Once this is painted and dry, you can move on to painting walls. When painting a ceiling, you need to ensure walls (and floors) are covered to protect from overspray. If you paint walls first, they will only end up full of paint spatter and need to be painted again. Where finish is critical, you can always resort to using a paintbrush or paint roller.

How to Spray Paint Interior Walls

For wall painting, hold the sprayer at about 300 mm away to work comfortably. Then start painting from one corner and then paint across the wall. Once the corner is done, then paint one wall at a time instead of the multiple walls. After completing one wall, then go for the next one.  For interior walls, hold the spray gun at 90-degree angle and spray as far as you can reach.  

While painting, slightly overlaps the strokes both vertically and horizontally. This method will help you evenly coat your walls and produce an outstanding finish. Once you finished, leave the painted wall to dry off completely. You can repeat the process until you get the desired result. 

Preparation is the Key

You need to get plenty of painters tape and drop cloths or tarps before you begin to paint. Preparing the surfaces for painting includes applying painters tape on hardware, over trim around windows, doors, ceilings, and baseboards, and covering glass with tape and paper.

You need to cover your floors so that no paint can be transferred to the floors. You also need to cover door openings that lead into other rooms, so the paint does not get transported by the air into other areas of the home.

Make sure that your pets are in another room and cannot get into the room that you are painting.

Wear protective Clothing

When you use a paint sprayer for interior walls, the paint particles are going to float in the air, and they are likely to get on your Clothing and in your hair. Wear eye goggles to protect yourself from getting paint in your eye, and either wear old Clothing or wear something over your Clothing that will protect them from paint.

Load the Sprayer

You want to make sure that you have your paint thinned to the recommendations of the paint spray manufacturer. Load the paint container with the appropriate amount of paint and choose the tip that will provide you with the best coverage.

Test your technique

You should load your paint sprayer and then test your technique prior to spraying the walls. When you test your technique, you can discover if the paint is the proper thickness and if you are holding the sprayer the right distance from the surface. You can do these tests on a piece of cardboard, and you can do the test inside or outside of the home.

Ventilate the Room

Make sure that you have proper ventilation in the room before you begin to spray the paint. Paint fumes can cause you to become sick at your stomach or to have a headache so open windows if possible and use electric fans to ventilate the room properly.


When you begin the painting process, you want to spray from the floor to the ceiling. You want to use a sweeping motion to spray the paint and do not spray the paint in a straight line. If you see any signs of paint runs you need to stop and adjust your sprayer, so you spray lighter amounts of paint.

It is best to paint several layers of paint to create the colour and coverage you want. You must wait between each layer of paint for the previous layer to dry completely before you add another layer. When you are using a paint sprayer, your layers will dry very quickly, but if you have to wait for an extended amount of time go ahead and clean the paint from the sprayer, and clean your tip, so the paint does not dry inside the sprayer.

Preparing Walls Before Painting

Before painting, preparing wall and ceiling surface is important to have a great finish. You may find the cracks, holes, old painted walls, newly plastered walls, stuck wallpapers, greasy substance etc. You have to take care of every situation in order to prepare your surface before painting. A few simple steps could be followed to have the working walls and ceilings accurately prepared to apply smooth paint over. At Hitch Property Constructions, we offer Melbourne home painting services.

To do this, first dust the wall and ceiling with a clean duster so that there is no dust, dirt etc. Make sure the painting surfaces are completely dry and moist free.  If you find any tads of the wallpaper, flaking paint, crusty plaster, holes, cracks etc. they must be repaired beforehand with a high-quality putty to make the wall surface smooth and even for painting. 

For fixing the holes and cracks, clean them with the sugar soap and use putty to fill the gaps and make the walls even. Then leave them to completely dry off. It’s good to sand the walls lightly and flaking paint with a fresh piece of sandpaper to produce a smooth texture on the wall. Use sugar soap solution to remove all the grease substance, pastel or messy fingerprints etc. Then finally clean the wall surface with the warm water and allow a few hours to dry them off completely. 

If there is any wallpaper, use the stripping knife or orbital scorer to score the wallpaper in a way so that it does not damage any plaster.

Splash hot water over the wallpaper to get them softened and use a stripping knife to pull them out. If necessary, the remaining bonded wallpaper can be removed by sanding slightly with a piece of sandpaper.  

Remove all the furniture from room to keep your painting room free so that your painting work can be done without any hassle. Cover the floor with drop cloths to save the floor from the paint drips and runs. 

When you do your practice session, remember to:

  • Hold the sprayer about 300mm away from the wall.
  • Keep the sprayer at a 90-degree angle.
  • Overlap when spraying by one-third to 50 per cent
  • Move at a steady pace.
  • Do not release the trigger.

If the sprayer is too close to the wall, you will have drips and runs. If you’re spray painting walls at an angle, the paint will be concentrated in one area. Overlapping will help you to cover more area, but you still may need two coats for full coverage.

When you spray paint, move at a steady pace. If you don’t, the paint will be too heavy, and runs will appear. If you release the trigger, the paint may spit out at first and ruin your paint job. Keep the paint trigger on and move at a steady pace, and you will get much better results.

Start Painting Ceilings

When your painting project combines walls and ceilings, it is strongly recommended to start with the ceiling painting as it has some advantages. If you paint your ceiling after painting the walls, then it would mess your painted wall with paint spatter while painting the ceiling. Consequently, your painted wall will end up with no outcome leading them to be repainted. To achieve an optimum finishing result, you might need to combine a paintbrush or paint roller to paint with too. Don’t forget to get a quality stepladder to use while painting ceilings and walls.

It’s recommended to use the spray gun for the spray paint to have a faster and professional accomplishment. If your project includes only ceiling painting, then your upper walls will need to be masked off with the adhesive tape to protect them from the drips and runs while painting the ceiling. 

Now, fill your paint sprayer or paint spray gun with the diluted paints and get ready to start painting your ceiling. Move your sprayer parallel to the ceiling in a back and forth or vertical motion and try to slightly overlap each of the strokes while moving the sprayer across the ceiling. 

Following the painting with the vertical stroke, then spray in a horizontal motion or side by side for the next coat. Let the first round of coat dry off. Then apply the same method for the second round of coating and repeat it until you get the desired result. This painting method is called cross-coating, which is extremely vital for smooth finishing. Once the desired result is achieved, leave the painted ceiling to dry off completely.   

It is recommended to keep your spray gun in low pressure at the beginning, then gradually increase the pressure until it reaches the right pressure level. Too much pressure at the beginning may cause excessive runs and hamper your painting to have full coverage because of the wastage of the paints. Keep your nozzle of the spray gun twenty centimetres away from the ceiling to achieve the perfect painting result. 

In case of different colour preferences for the ceilings and the walls, cover the edge of the surroundings of the wall with a plastic sheet and fasten it with the masking or painter tape onto the wall to make sure the cover does not move away. 

How to Use Painter’s Tape

Painter’s tape is a DIY painting project’s best friend. It helps you achieve crisp, clean lines and professional-looking results. However, contrary to popular belief, running a strip of painter’s tape on the ceiling, floor or around trim won’t guarantee perfect results. There is a learning curve on how to apply and remove the painter’s tape correctly for great results.

Before you start masking off your walls, learn everything you need to know about painter’s tape and how to use painter’s tape from the experts at Five Star Painting.

What’s the Best Painter’s Tape?

The painter’s tape you choose is very important. The best painter’s tape to use for covering windows with plastic is blue tape. If you’re covering floors beneath baseboard you’re spraying, green Frog tape is great. Yellow Frog tape is excellent when taping over a delicate surface (expensive wallpaper), or a recently painted surface that might not be fully cured yet.Check out Hitch Property Constructions for a huge range of melbourne home painter services. 

Painter’s tape comes in different widths with different adhesion strengths depending on the project. The best painter’s tape will depend on the type of paint, where you’re painting and the condition of the surface. Select the painter’s tape for your specific project with the suggestions below:

Painter’s Tape Adhesion

Select the adhesion level based on your project:

  • Low adhesion level tape can remain in place for longer periods of time and are best for delicate surfaces, wallpaper, or paint with a faux finish.
  • Medium adhesion is considered multipurpose and is best for interior and exterior projects. This tape can remain in place for up to two weeks.
  • High adhesion is best for exterior surfaces or rough, textured surfaces. It’s also great for securing drop cloths. This tape should be removed within seven days.

Painter’s Tape Width

For windows, trim and moulding, look for painter’s tape that is 1.41 inches or 1.88 inches wide. These widths give you enough tape for a clean edge. For tight spaces, the narrow-width painter’s tape would be best. Wide painter’s tape (2.5+ inches) is best for hanging plastic and tarps to protect floors and ceilings. Don’t want to buy multiple widths? Then a roll of 1 1/2-inch tape should do the job.

Are the Painter’s Tape and Masking Tape the Same?

In short, no. Painter’s and masking tape may look and feel the same, but they do not serve the same purpose. Painter’s tape is designed to be removed and leave no residue. It also won’t wrinkle or shrink when it comes into contact with the paint. While masking tape may work in a pinch, if it’s left on the surface for a long period of time, there’s a good chance it’ll leave behind a sticky residue, or it’ll wrinkle when it comes into contact with the paint.

What Color Painter’s Tape Do I Need?

Blue painter’s tape resists UV light, which degrades the tape and glue over time. If you’re working outside, always use this type of tape. If you’re working inside, the color of the tape you’re using is insignificant as long as it’s the right width and the correct adhesion level.

How to Apply Painter’s Tape

Paint won’t stick to a dusty or dirty surface. Run a damp rag around the area you’re masking to remove dust and debris that could prevent adhesion. Once the tape is applied, run a small, flexible putty knife along its length to press the adhesive into the surface. Don’t skip this step or substitute your hand for the putty knife!

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