HOW TO paint ceilings FAST and like a professional PAINTER

HOW TO paint ceilings FAST and like a professional PAINTER

[MUSIC PLAYING] This is Chris, the Idaho Painter
Here on Home Improvement How To’s. Today, we’re going
to give you five tips to paint ceilings like a
professional did it, and do them fast. We’re going to be rolling
these ceilings with an 18 inch roller. You can either spray them
with an airless sprayer or roll them. Just for reasons, here
on this situation, we’re going to be
rolling them today. They’re going to
removing the carpets. I don’t need to put
any drop cloths down. But stay tuned for this video to
see how we roll these ceilings and make them look like
a professional did it. Here we go. So the first step in rolling
these ceilings really fast, we’re going to be using
an 18 inch roller. You have the option of using
an 18 inch or a 9 inch. Don’t want to be looking up at
these ceilings for very long, so we’re going to be rolling
them with an 18 inch roller. This is a contractor
white woven roller, and we like to roll our
ceilings with a 3/8 inch roller [? nap. ?] So this is all
about speed, get it done fast. I got my pans over here. I’m using a 5 gallon pan
with this 18 inch roller. If you could show me that. Bring that pan there, John. Show them what this
pan looks like. This is a really large pan
[? to roll ?] [? out of. ?] You definitely want to have a big
pan that’s going to hold a lot of paint, so this is a 5
gallon pan, 18 inch roller, tip number one for speed. Tip number two in rolling
these ceilings really fast, we want to get the edges
done the very first thing, because we want to be
able to roll our walls, and go up the wall
and do our cut in so that’s going to dry first. We’re using a special
roller that the roller rolls over the edges right here, and
you’re got the lint or the fuzz on the edge of the roller. So somebody’s running around
with this 9 inch roller and doing all the edges
first, and it goes really fast with this type of roller. So check this out. We’re going to show you
what this looks like. See that up there
[? with the ?] [? sign. ?] In rolling these edges up here,
here’s a roller all loaded up. It’s got the nap or lint all the
way wrapped around the edges, and it makes it really
simple doing these edges. You can see up here,
we’ve already rolled it, and it gets right in
those edges nice and easy, and fills it all in quick
and fast, just like that. This thing is awesome. It’s a new roller that a guy
just created here recently. We got sent a whole box of them,
[? and so ?] they work great. So this is on thing that’s
going to save you a lot of time. Tip number three is
using the proper product. We like to use a
dead, flat paint when it comes to painting ceilings. It hides imperfections
a lot better, it doesn’t show light glare,
and then it doesn’t show the flashing or roller [? lap ?]
[? marks ?] like a satin or semigloss, or even
an eggshell paint does. So definitely use a flat
paint wherever you can. There are situations
where you probably shouldn’t use a flat paint,
like in a bathroom or a kitchen. But 99% of the time, we’re
going to be using a flat paint, and it’s just going to make
your ceilings look a lot better. There’s a lot of products out
there that you can use that are really good [INAUDIBLE]
[? dead ?] [? flat. ?] Tip number four is
rolling your ceilings, laying them out and rolling
in the proper direction. So check this out. I’ve got John here, and he’s
rolling the ceiling right here with our 18 inch
[? nap, ?] and there’s certain things you want to
take into consideration when you roll your ceiling so that
it looks like a professional did it. One is the direction
you roll the pain, and then how you
actually lay it out. So John, we’re going
[INAUDIBLE] rolling [? here, ?] and then we’re going to ask him
to talk about it just a little bit. So I see, John, you’re
rolling the ceilings now, and you’re laying
it out up there. Why don’t you tell us
why you’re rolling it the direction you’re
rolling it and how to go about laying it out? Anytime you walk into a room
and we’re doing ceilings, one of the things we want to
think about is– or two things. You want to think about where
the light is coming from, and you want to think about
where a person or a guest is going to be predominately
standing and seeing the ceiling. So a room like this,
we’ve got light coming in on the south
side, and we’ve got light coming in on the east side. What we want to do
is we want to roll against the length of
this room so that when someone’s coming in from
the door on the east side and they’re looking
this way, they’re not seeing that light flashing
across the roll marks. They’re less likely to see
the lap marks if they’re going across them than they are
if they’re going towards them. And then how do you go
about laying it out? You’re going to be painting
up here on the ceiling, and I think you got to lay it
out instead of just rolling it in all random directions,
and then get it on there and lay it out? Yeah. I always work in small squares. I work my way down
to keep a wet edge. So like this ceiling, I’ll
split into three chunks. I’ll do one chunk that’s
about 4 feet by 4 feet, and then another one,
and then another one. And then what I’ve always
done with each section, I roll that square out all
going the same direction, and then pick my nap up
and go the same direction. Because you want that stippling
to all be going the same way so that you don’t cast
different looking shadows one way or the other. Cool. So this is the entrance
to this room right here. I’m standing at
the door entrance. We’ve got windows
right here that are going to be casting
in natural light, and the door behind
me is a glass door, and this is where
people enter in. And so you can see we’re
rolling the direction is going crossways
instead of lengthwise. So we chose that
direction because of the natural lighting. We’ll walk into this
other room here, and we’ll show you
another scenario. This is the entrance to
this office right here. We’ve got a window right there. So this room right here, instead
of running and laying out the ceiling coming towards me
to the entrance of this door, we’re going to run it across. So it’s going to running from
corner to corner right there, and you’re going to less
likely see lap marks or flashing when you’re spraying
if you run it that direction. This room right here has
no windows, no doors. Or it has a door,
but no windows. And we’re going to be running
it instead of lengthwise coming to me, we’re going
to be running it from this corner to
that corner cross-wise. So Tip number five to paint your
ceilings and making it look like a professional did it, we
like to paint the vents and any type of lights, [? can lights ?]
[? or anything, ?] so they match the ceilings. A lot of times
the vents, lights, and any type of fixtures that
are mounted into the ceilings, they yellow over time and
look kind of old and dingy. And even if they’re
brand new, it looks a lot better if they match
and blend in with the ceiling. So what we do typically they’re
metal and they’re high gloss. We’ll take [? a bond ?]
can of primer, and we use like an
extreme bonding primer, and we’ll spray those
things before we roll the ceilings with a
spray can of bonding primer. So run around, spray those
with a bonding primer, and then we take a handheld
[? airless ?] sprayer, and we’ll go around and spray
them with our flat wall paint that we’d be rolling on. If you’re spraying the ceilings
with an airless sprayer, then you don’t have to worry
about getting out a handheld. But the handhelds are
really, really convenient when it comes to
spraying these ceilings. We’re going to be
rolling it on because we get a lot better finish
[? than ?] rolling. It looks a lot nicer. Same with the walls. This is an important
office building right here. Rolling them, we
want those vents to match and look
really good, so we’re spraying them with a handheld
after we’re done rolling it. So we’re going to spray the
vents, spray the lights, and then we’re going to come in
and roll, and cut in around it, too, so we don’t have any
over sprayed flashing. So that’s tip number five. So there you have it, five
tips to painting a ceiling like a professional did it. I hope you enjoyed this video. Please give me a thumbs up. Please consider
subscribing to our channel. One pro tip while you’re
painting your ceilings. Use safety glasses. John’s been rolling
these ceilings probably not even an hour,
and there’s speckles all over those safety glasses. Saves your eyeballs. So that speckles and
splatter coming down would actually be
in John’s eyes, so you’ll wear safety goggles
while you’re rolling ceilings. We use a high quality
paint designed specifically for ceilings, and the
splatter’s a little bit less than [INAUDIBLE]. [INAUDIBLE] A lot less. Yep, hopefully you’ve
enjoyed this video. Please consider checking
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website, theidahopainter. We’re giving out tools and
accessories on there all the time, and we’ve got a
lot more tips and tricks available on our website. Yeah. If you guys have any great
tips for rolling ceilings, do let us know in
the comments below. We’ve love to see them and
keep learning from each other. Yep, cool. We’ll see you in our next video. Out.


  • sam viva says:

    You talk more than you work 😓😓😓😓

  • Mike OConnell says:

    This guy

  • Joe Smithville says:

    Less chatter more paint splatter

  • Luke Bembower says:

    What kind of roller did you use for the corners?

  • pbaylis1 says:

    You have all kinds of drips coming down the walls from that corner roller nap you were using. Doesn't anybody care about cleaning those up?

  • Shane Blank says:

    Weird video

  • Clayton Santos says:

    Sempre passo para curtir seus vídeos Deus abençoe

  • Clayton Santos says:

    Quero uma camisa igual a essa , dá pra mandar aqui para o Brasil?

  • Stephanie Pereira says:


  • Ezra Brooks says:

    I would have been a painter , but I don't drink.

  • James Kinner says:

    Been painting 25 years and never do i roll all my edges first and just leave them with runs down the wall and i sure dont use a 3/8 cheap such bad advice.spend the money and buy a 3/4 lamb skin nap

  • than nguyen says:

    Where can I buy that edge roller

  • david hall says:

    Hi what is flat paint?

  • Hayangako Yatakiko says:

    Where can I buy that 9” roller that can do the edging rolling in 1 ? Name please on amazon. Thank you sir!

  • Toros Cosmicos says:

    Yeah…. Because every homeowner paints a ceil with an 18" roller. Get real.

  • manhours1 says:

    Lost me at the gay intro

  • michele lanni says:

    Ive been painting for about 10 years now and i bought an 18 inch roller yesterday and i used it today and i swear i used it for the first time and as soon as i used it i got so pissed for not buying one earlier
    WHAT A LIFE CHANGER ITS JUST SO FLIPPING AMAZING it get heavy a little bit when you start using it on ceilings but i just fell in love all over again😍😍😍 i hope my wife wont read this😂😂


    If you keep on teaching peasants how to paint their own houses,pretty soon , we the professional painters will be out of work,just saying!!😂😂😂

  • Shawnee Heltsley says:

    Would you go in a different direction down the hallway?

  • Justin Parkman says:

    in another video resolved ceiling painting problems your saying roll the opposite direction of the window

  • D F says:

    Should you not have cut in around all the objects first before rolling the ceiling out?

  • Mold Squad Restoration & Contracting LLC says:

    Paint Drip Marks 5:53 above Window!!!!!!!!! WTF

  • Ivan Bergeron says:

    What is the smallest air compressor I can use for painting and is there anything I need to know or ask when buying an air compressor can younlet me know thank you

  • Alexis Higdon says:

    Nice. Like your confidence and energy. Paint job looks good as well!

  • 818drifter says:

    By the way he’s rolling I can tell he doesn’t know how to roll …you never roll with your face under the roller big tip my man ..

  • Patricia King says:

    You are a professional dude!!!.

  • Ceilingfanbradley Ceilingfanbradley says:

    Ceiling look at

  • Emilio Mata says:

    I'm a Texas painter were can I get one of those paintlife shirts those are really nice shirts

  • Southern to my Soul says:

    Good tips. Thx.

  • Shawn S says:

    Where can I purchase the roller you are using on the edges? Also, could I use my graco handheld cordless sprayer to pray the edges of the walls instead of that roller with the fuzz on the end?

  • madamfreak says:

    careful with your neck…might be a good idea to get some pt now….i did lots of ceilings in my day and paying dearly for it now

  • Antonio Bolivar says:

    I like use a l8" roler. . Special in ceilings.

  • Richard Richard says:

    Rolling Ceilings sucks. I shoot the walls then after they dry run 9" paper around the room. Hang plastic off the paper and shoot the lids, Paper comes down easy, These guys are always correct on their info.

  • Topstyle home painting service Home painting says:

    Super roller brush

  • brian rodney says:

    I think that this sort of task is best left to the lady of the house.

  • Jamin Miller says:

    cut and roll the same time or cut first..helps for less brush marks…. doesn't matter which direction you roll as long as you don't leave lines and back roll

  • Javier Caro says:

    Cut everything first then roll

  • Kelly Leonard says:

    THANK YOU! Between advice from my dad and watching your videos, my ceiling came out wonderful. I watched about 15 of your videos and I will say that they were beyond helpful. I did know different types of paint brushes existed, but I never knew what they were used for and I always bought the cheapest supplies. WOW what a difference in purchasing the correct supplies made and thank you for showing me how to cut in. I have previously painted rooms before and did absolutely everything in the wrong order and wrong direction. No wonder it looked horrible. Loved how you demonstrated twisting the brush and roller to prevent drippage (it really works and I am not wearing 1/2 the can of paint like I usually do.). I am confident in how to cut in the wall without getting the wall paint on the ceiling. So walls are next so wish me luck!

  • 김종건 says:

    웃기고 있네 니네들 보다 우리팀이 더 빠르고 프로페셔널 하다.

  • Wesley Aldinger says:

    You're Killin me!

    What is that 9" roller called???

    Edit: Corner+ roller cover. I don't know what I clicked on your store, but I didn't see it listed at first.

  • GSP Lover says:

    Great tips, helps if your 6'2"

  • Pedro Henandez says:

    That’s not professional

  • Jack Badabing says:

    You should stand side on to the pole for it to work in your favor

  • Aaron ball says:

    What are you doing. I would have cut in the vents and rolled whichever way was easier. It's flat paint It can completely dry half way and you can roll it the opposite direction when you come back the next day if you want, because it's FLAT paint. if you roll it properly which isn't hard with flat the light won't show anything at all

  • Luiz Silva says:

    Bem criativo gostei bem explicado bem claro., Luiz de Mauá/ SP, Brasil

  • Luiz Silva says:

    Continuem postando vídeos o caminho ê. este subseções pra vocês
    Luiz de mauá/ SP, Brasil

  • Helicrete Sydney says:

    Get the paint shop to put 2 drops of black tint in your flat ceiling paint per 15L/4Gal drum, it isn't enough to notice a difference in colour but it will allow you to do touch ups and not see them after 👍

  • prabhakar kewale says:

    Video should focus on the painter doing his job rather than showing other irrelevant things.

  • Christian Molina says:

    Thanks for the tips ….and why is the guy walking all the way from the room to wet his roller in the living room🤦‍♂️🤷‍♂️👍❤🌏✊anyways thanks for sharing…..DolphinPainting in the house👍

  • Ivor Putnam says:

    Your videos are really helpful. You have great camera presence and speak beautifully.

  • Kelly Leaman says:

    Okay I feel bad for being critical about the cut lines lol. I really enjoy watching these videos 😊. I’ve been painting for 12 years

  • fairamir1 says:

    What is the name brand of the 9 inch roller used to edge the ceiling ?

  • Ambassador Painting says:

    House Painting does involve knowing the facts to keep from getting hurt and being successful.

  • Yours truly says:

    Guys, do not murder the wall with the roller like that with ceiling paint. Once you paint walls you will see drop marks and heaves at top of drywall.

  • Phillip Bridges says:

    great video learned some stuff 🙂

  • Victor Banuelos says:

    Great video and supplementary information..thanks guys.

  • Rhythm Sinners says:

    2 points; Don't roll above your head you will get a sore neck and paint in your face and eyes. Use longer pole and hold roller in front of you. this way you don't need to bend your neck so much. Second, If you roll the ceiling edges with that massive pile sleeve you will get a thick line of paint and drips on the wall. Chris, you had a previous video where you recommend cutting in edges with a brush and mini roller. Minimal over cut and no drips. I find that way much better.

  • Joe Bitterolf says:

    Love your videos! Keep up the killer work!

  • Garry G says:

    Paints out guns out 😎

  • Jose Lora says:

    Realy profesional?

  • Jason Mckeon says:

    First off, too many steps!, why cut in the ceiling with a 9" sleeve when you have to cut in the vents and smoke detectors with a brush?? Second, your leaving a hell of a build up of ceiling paint on the walls, i don't see you wiping that off! Drips and all. Look just cut in with a brush and use a 1/2" nap. There is so much wrong in this video, ill just start with that!

  • Trods tool box says:

    What paint do you recommend for painting ceilings.. I'm looking for high quality flat white paint.

  • chin lo says:

    You talk too much chit get to the point.

  • SiR 350 says:

    Do you not using a 14in? It’s at my Ben Moore. It only has one arm but is bigger than 9 but not as hard on u as the mad dog and why are you using fiber glass ladder. Heavy! Will slow you workers down by lunch haha

  • mrBLACKpainter says:


  • Bethlehem Eisenhour says:

    Nice roller. It's fast because your roller is big.

  • David Lynch says:

    Brilliant videos guy's

  • Patrycja W says:

    I'm about to paint my bedroom ceiling and boyyyy would I love to have those guys to do it for me 🤣

  • Eddie Rodriguez says:

    First rookie move I've seen this guy do, is lay his wet roll on the walls thats a "never do" thing. Unless you burn the edges. cringe must have been one of the newbies. Second rookie mistake is stop your rolling to give a camera interview or any distraction, once you've started you have to continue consistenly wet-dry

  • baldy6789 says:

    Hi can you please tell me where I can get the rollers for cutting in on the ceiling

  • Bill Kuhl says:

    People always talk about painting fast. Never quality.

  • Razz 68 says:

    What ceiling paint do you use . I just ordered some of the corner sleeves , looking forward to the time saving technique. Been painting about 16 years and always looking for a good tip

  • Magdalena Jones says:

    way wen i paint mi cabinets kitchen look like no.even?

  • Michael Reiling says:

    Hallo ich komme aus Deutschland, und würde mich gerne mit euch messen, ich wäre schneller alleine fertig, als ihr zu dritt😜

  • Dave Ross says:

    I stopped using those ridiculous archaic heavy roller sleeves twenty years ago after developing severe neck and shoulder problems, as you will should you continue to use them

  • ismail Khan says:

    Good sir….Im painter..

  • Tommy Doyle says:

    What kind of ceiling paint do you use

  • Rasim Alsaaid says:

    Thanks guys !!!

  • Vianka D says:

    Awesome video thank you 🙏

  • Gina v v says:

    I may have to hire someone to paint my ceiling lol, I'm way short.great video

  • jeffs Fx says:

    That bald dude looks like a fruitcake wad

  • Farage82 says:

    Noway Dude you would get loads of slop on wall uneven paint drip and lines just use a paint brush your payed top dollar 💵

  • filipe makangila says:

    Bonjour Madame Monsieur
    Il y a une formation a faire ?

  • Chad Bailey says:

    As a painter cute 🤣

  • Michael Luna says:

    Hey so im painting a huge ceiling 36×28 its a open kitchen/dining room/living. Would it be ok to us flat paint on this area or should i go with a satin/eggshell??. Thanks
    PS. You guys are awsome. Ive been learning alot!!!

  • Calle Moreus says:

    Put your hat on backwards when Rolling cielings, The screen above your eyes will make you turn your head even more compromising the neck structure!

  • Karim K says:

    Good job

  • khaldi o'bryan says:

    The best of peinture is France 🇫🇷

  • iker perz says:

    Forget about straight lines in walls after rolling the perimeter like that . The guy with big roller will have neck problems, that big roller is for big open ceilings following the spray men making roll texture and one coat covering using backrolling technique. 😁

  • LIFEISACIRCLE Brown says:

    When using flat ceiling paint with a 18" nap it doesn't matter which direction you rolled from it Will still look amazing when dry… 18" nap eliminates imperfections and plus you will get the job done faster and easier…I have been painting for over 9 years ..

  • Kyle Harrison says:

    Do you prime with a gracco also? Do you prime before every job?

  • Diane Britt says:

    Thanks for sharing your talent with us God bless.

  • Saber Zbi says:

    الحابة ولد كريم وصنابص

  • s j c says:

    So when you cut in the spot lights you have to circle them
    Which always leave a brush shadow
    There is a new paint in the UK called antiflex you can paint it any direction with a 2inch roller if you want it won't shadow now what

  • Manlius Renovations says:

    Could you please post the link to that 9" roller cover with the nap covering the edge? Thanks

  • الهجرة الى كندا الاستعداد says:

    Hello. I'm painter. I'would like to work when you please

  • Cyndi Steen says:


  • NAH KNOW says:

    If that Direction is South…..then Im sure that Direction is WEST..LOL…good video, I need the corner Roller

  • Jonathan Bolding says:

    As a painter I like the 18 as well. Great coverage and speed. I also like to tape the can light pigtails into the can and remove the HVAC registers. Sure speeds up the process. Great work guys.

  • Hamid Khan says:


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