Spraying walls are common and popular among renovators, DIYers and ordinary people like any of us. This is because spraying wall is way faster compared to painting it with brush and liquid paint. You can save hours and hours of coloring with a paint brush while still achieving smooth results.
Now, you might be tempted to spray your walls, but isn’t sure how or you’ve tried before but encountered problems along the way, like hitting the ceiling.
Well, in this article I will list out the steps including keys tips to make sure your walls ended up beautifully without affecting your ceiling. Let’s get started!
1. Assemble the necessary tools and materials
First things first, you have to prepare all the necessary materials. The primary tools and materials needed to spray your walls are:
- Masking tape
- Plastic tarp / newspapers
- Spray paint with the color(s) of your choice
- Work/disposable gloves
- Respirator mask
- Safety glasses
- Spray suit (optional)
2. Put on your safety gear
Before you start spraying your walls, make sure to put on your safety gear which should include a pair work/disposable gloves, respirator mask and safety glasses.
Safety glasses will be used to prevent paint from going into your eye. The respirator mask will protect you from inhaling hazardous substances that may be produced from the paint. A spray suit is optional, but it also helps protect your body from coming in direct contact with the paint/gas.
If you don’t have these gear at home, do buy some at the nearest hardware shop, they won’t cost you that much.
3. Cover the floors and window corners
Now that you’ve put on your safety gear and got everything you need, cover areas you don’t want to paint with plastic tarp or unused newspapers.
Normally, you can simply lay down the plastic tarp/newspaper on the floors and stick them on window corners with masking tapes. If you’re going to spray the walls of your exterior, you can use weights to hold the plastic tarp/newspapers down to prevent them from flying away.
One mistake beginners tend to make is covering the windows. Actually, you have to keep the windows open to make sure the room is well-ventilated throughout the project. This will also allow paints to try up more quickly.
4. Mask along the ceiling corners
This is the most important step to prevent your spray paint from hitting the ceiling.
Since you’re only going to spray your walls, mask along the corners of the ceiling carefully from one corner the other corner of the ceiling. Only then you’ll be able to spray your walls without worrying about any over-spray hitting the ceiling.
5. Start spraying your walls
When it comes to wall spraying, there are a couple of things that must consider.
Firstly, keep the point of away from the surface. Secondly, you need to keep the spray moving at all times at a consistent pace. It’s best to spray in the direction of up and down to ensure the paints are equally spread.
If you’re spraying the walls in different colors, wait for the first color to dry first. After that, cover the side of the walls with masking tape.
Now, you can start spraying again with the second color.
6. Leave the paint to dry
Now that you’ve finished spray painting the walls, leave it for some time to dry.
After you made sure everything is dry, that’s when you can remove the masking tapes on the corner of the ceiling. Notice how you’re getting a perfect straight line between the ceiling and the wall?
7. Clean your workspace
Your walls are now beautifully painted and all that’s left is to clean your workspace.
Remove all the plastic tarp/newspapers on the floor and window corners. Put the remaining spray paints away in your storage. Finally, remove your safety gear and you should be done.
Small Tip: If you feel even a bit of dizziness or have difficulty breathing, make sure to stop everything immediately. Get out of your workspace, take off your mask and rest for a while. Remember, your health is your utmost priority.
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Those are the steps on how to spray your walls without hitting the ceiling. Quite simple isn’t it? All you need is patience with a little bit of effort.
With this technique, you’ll be able to save hours of coloring with a paint brush while achieving maximum result. I hope you won’t hit the ceilings anymore after reading this article. Happy working!