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. Step 1

    Grab your tools.

  2. Step 2

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

  3. Step 3

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

  4. Step 4

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

  5. Step 5

    Your ceiling is ready to be painted.

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Suggested Tools & Supplies
  • BEHR® Stain-Blocking Primer


    Painter's Tape

    Brush (50-65mm / 2"-2½")

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