How to paint 15' tall walls?


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Old 11-16-04, 10:18 AM
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How to paint 15' tall walls?

We just purchased a new home and the entire thing is "builders beige". I have to have some color. The main living area ceilings are 15' high and I want this area either faux finished or painted a taupe color. Since I can't get up there I guess faux is out of the question... How do I paint 15' tall walls? Even with the tallest ladder we have I can't reach the top (I am 5'1"). Is there a guide/shield type item that can be put on the roller to prevent paint from getting on the ceiling?
 
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Old 11-16-04, 10:27 AM
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extension ladder with soft socks/pads on the ends, or rent scaffolding.

and extension poles on your paint rollers.

if you can reach it to paint it, you can faux paint it.
 
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Old 11-16-04, 10:35 AM
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kindasimpl, Welcome to the DIY Forums.
Since this is a new house and you want a particular finish, I would invest in renting two 5 foot sections of half-width or even full width scaffold. That would be 10 foot plus the wheels (recommended for ease of moving) and the posts for safety railing (with rails). This will allow you access to every part and you can do the finish you really want. Don't think you will be doing this every year so get what you really want to live with. Good luck on your project and congrats on your new house.
 
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Old 11-16-04, 10:46 AM
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Exclamation DIY? or pay a pro?

i know this is a DIY website, but - maybe this is a situation where you decide it's worth it to splurge and have a pro do it for you. save the easy rooms for doing it yourself.

at least, that's the thought i had when i was up on our tallest ladder, on the highest "legal" step, reaching up as far as i could, trimming wallpaper at the very peak of our high-ceilinged dining room......
 
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Old 11-16-04, 10:55 AM
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I agree with Annette. Especially if you are not used to, or have ANY qualms about working that high off the floor. One mis-step, even with safety rails can be fatal. Some things are just better, left to the pros.
 
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Old 11-16-04, 02:39 PM
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For 15' walls, we use a 16' extension ladder (not extended fully, only open about 12'-13'), leaned against the wall. cut in a section as far to each side as you can reach, and about 6" down. Then move the ladder down the wall and repeat. Then use a 6' X 12' rolling pole to roll.
 
 

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