How to Paint a Wood Ceiling
Painting a wood ceiling is not a great deal different from painting any other form of wood. The main differences are the same as you will face with painting any high surface and these include accessibility and physical strain. If the wood ceiling is paneled wood, which has been placed on top of a plaster ceiling as a decorative front, you should treat it in the same way as painting a paneled wall.
Step 1 - Prepare Properly
Lay out covers on anything you wish to protect, before you paint. Cover furniture and the floor to prevent any paint splatters getting onto fabrics or coated surfaces.
Step 2 - Clean the Ceiling
Use a duster to clean any dust or cobwebs from the ceiling. Make sure you go into all the corners and remove anything that can get caught up on a roller or paint brush.
Step 3 - Sand
Sanding a wooden ceiling is not going to be an easy task. You will be working completely upside down so getting a good angle to work at will be extremely difficult. It may be a little more simple if you can lay down on a scaffold platform and get a better position on the sander you are using.
This method will definitely require a dust mask and safety glasses because dust will fall into you. It is worth mentioning that there are alternative methods available to reduce the necessity of sanding ceilings. Easy Surface Preparation is now available. They usually come in spray can form and act as a fine glue which adheres to the surface of the wood and allows paint to be applied to what was a shiny surface. If you ever used fixative spray in artwork, you will be familiar with this concept as it works on the same principle.
Step 4 - Prime
Use a roller to apply the primer paint. Apply the coat evenly and reduce splashing by moving the roller slowly. Do not overload the roller. Paint the ceiling using a cross grain method to start with so any finer areas of grain will get evenly coated. Follow the grain to make sure you get even distribution.
Step 5 - Take a Look
Step down and away from the area to take a look from a different perspective. Stand in all four corners of the room and take a look across the ceiling, checking for any thin patches or missed areas. If the color of the primer is a contrasting color to the wood, you will easily spot any thin areas but if the primer is brown, you may have to look for a difference in the shade rather than color.
Step 6 - Paint
When the primer has thoroughly dried, you can begin painting the ceiling. Again, be careful not to overload the roller. Paint across the grain again and then follow the grain to complete the painting. Always inspect the ceiling from a different perspective and apply a second coat where necessary.