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What sheen do I need?
8 Oz. Sample
1 Gallon
1 Quart
5 Gallon
The following product(s) is required to properly prep and pre-treat wood prior to any stain project.
Required product
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.
Required 3rd party product
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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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. 

  1. Aerial shot of tools needed to prep a ceiling

    Step 1

    Grab your tools.

  2. Person taping off where the ceiling and wall meet with painter's tape

    Step 2

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

  3. Person using a screwdriver to remove a ceiling vent

    Step 3

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

  4. Person using a BEHR Stain-Blocking Pimer to paint over a stain

    Step 4

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

  5. Person holding a paint brush over a can of BEHR Paint

    Step 5

    Your ceiling is ready to be painted.

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Suggested Tools & Supplies
  • BEHR® Stain-Blocking Primer

  • Screwdriver

  • Painter’s Tape

  • Brush (2"-2½")

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