How to Avoid Dripping Paint When Painting Ceilings

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Supplies like drop cloths and painter's tape can help you avoid making messes when painting a room, but painting ceilings still poses distinct challenges. Fortunately, there's a very easy and cheap way to make sure that you don't drip paint onto the floor. Just follow these steps for drip and worry-free overhead painting.

Things You'll Need

  • Paint
  • <br>Paintbrush
  • <br>Long, stiff rubber gloves
  • <br>Stepladder
  • Prepare your work area so that you can paint without interruption. Set up your stepladder, open and stir your paint and make sure that your paint and paintbrush are within easy reach while on the ladder.

  • Put on your rubber gloves. Turn up the ends of the cuffs a few inches so that they create "cups" into which dripping paint will collect.

  • Start painting. As paint drips from the ceiling or the brush, it should either run down the sides of the glove into the cuff or drip directly into the cuff.

  • If and when paint begins to accumulate in the cuff, just position your hand over the open paint bucket and turn your glove upside down. The paint should drip right back down into your bucket with no mess.

Tips & Warnings

  • When you're finished painting, you can scrub your gloves under hot water to remove any paint stains and allow them to air dry.
  • <br>If you're still concerned about dripping onto the floor, put down a drop cloth before painting.

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