How to paint around ceiling downlights and not leave roller patch?

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Old 12-19-11, 04:12 AM
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How to paint around ceiling downlights and not leave roller patch?

Please can someone help?! I have been helping a friend to paint their ceiling. They have insisted on dark blue walls and ceiling. mmm yes it is cavelike Anyhow, some of the downlights in the ceiling are able to be loosened and dropped down from the plaster but others are fixed. We have tried cutting in with a brush around the downlights, using a small roller and one of those edging gadgets and then using a roller to paint the ceiling. Each time a square patch of paint (where the roller paints to before touching the downlight) shows around the downlights once the paint is dry. We have also repainted the entire ceiling a number of times. How do we avoid a patch of paint (the square) showing around the downlights??? We desparately need some assistance!!
 
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Old 12-19-11, 05:05 AM
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Generally when the cut in shows like that it is because of uneven coverage - one part has more paint than the other.... but multiple coats generally solves that issue. I'd try cutting in the lights and then immediately rolling the ceiling. That way you keep a wet edge and there won't be a double coat effect. If that doesn't help, it's possible that it's a ceiling texture issue.

What type of paint are you using? flat latex? latex enamel?
 
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Question Which order should we paint in?

Thank you for your help; it is really appreciated! We have sooo far done 5 coats on the ceiling. We are using flat water base paint. From your reply we are wondering; Do you think if the paint from us cutting in around the downlights is dry by the time we re-roll the ceiling that this would be the reason for the patch effect? if so, would re-rolling the ceiling, stopping and cutting in around the downlight (while all is wet) then continuing on be the solution? Or, is there an option without re-rolling the entire ceiling again?
 

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It often helps to have two people working - one doing the cutting in/around and the other following up with the roller immediately to ensure you keep a wet edge.
 
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Mitch said it - 1 person cutting in while the other rolls

You should get better results out of flat latex but I won't even bother asking what brand since you probably don't have any paint brands I'm familiar with in Australia. You might consider trying a different brand. Normally a paint store will have better coatings than you'll find in a typical home center type store. A store that specializes in selling paint can match the color for you in their brand of paint.
 
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