How to Prep a Ceiling

Proper preparation is essential for the success of any painting project and your ceiling is no exception. In just a few easy steps you will learn how to get the job done right. 

For Best Results:

For clean lines, use a putty knife to press down firmly on the tape to prevent any paint from seeping behind it. 

Suggested Tools & Supplies
  • BEHR® Stain-Blocking Primer

  • Screwdriver

  • Painter’s Tape

  • Brush (2"-2½")

  • Step 1

    Grab your tools.

  • Step 2

    Using the painter’s tape, tape off the places where the ceiling and the wall meet.

  • Step 3

    If your ceiling has vents, you will want to remove them with a screwdriver.

  • Step 4

    If you have any stains on your ceiling, just paint them over with a BEHR® Stain-Blocking Primer.

  • Step 5

    Your ceiling is ready to be painted.

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The following product(s) is required to properly prep and pre-treat wood prior to any stain project.
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BEHR PREMIUM ALL-IN-ONE WOOD CCCC
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The following product(s) is required to properly prep and pre-treat wood prior to any stain project. Only available in store at Home Depot.
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BEHR PREMIUM ALL-IN-ONE WOOD CCCC
The 9 in. x 1/4 in. Polyester Adhesive Roller Cover has a hard texture, making it ideal for applying all types of adhesives to smooth surfaces. It can be used for stippling and applying sand paints.
The following product(s) is recommended when stripping is needed.
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