Painting without hitting the ceiling is not an easy task. Without a small amount of doubt, I can say this is the most annoying thing at the time of painting walls. Especially when we paint the walls near the ceiling, it is about to happen very quickly. It’s really irritating and embarrassing to see our ceiling hit or greased or being spoiled by our wall paint, especially if it’s a newly painted one. But it is avoidable. Painting walls seem to be easy, but it is not that easy. But don’t worry, you can still paint your walls and decently decorate your room. Today, we will discuss how to spray walls without hitting the ceiling.

  • ​​Take Aside All the Things: remove all those things that can get in your way. Wall mates, mirror, or any kind of staff that is hanging have to go outside the room. Window curtains and other decorations in the room should go away from the room. If there is any bulky furniture, take it at the corner of the room and cover it with a thin sheet or cloth. If there is anything in the ground, which might not be in your way now, but it can be later, consider taking those things away from the painting room.
  • ​​Switch Off the Main Power: before starting the painting activities, turn off all the electric lines. You can do it using the home’s circuit box. Don’t touch the electrical components like lights or clocks unless you’re a hundred percent sure that it is safe. If you’re sure, then taking them off the wall. Be cautious, if you are unable to remove any of those then ask for a technician. Some of these may need a screwdriver to remove.
  • ​​Cover the Entire Floor: you can use a plastic tarp or water cloth. Though painting the whole wall at a time is not possible, but it is safe to wrap the entire floor initially because the risk of weep still remains. After protecting the floor by tarp or cloth, run it over by some heavy staff as if it cannot move. You may have all the things in your house, or you can find it in nearby hardware stores.
  • ​​Wash the Walls With Warm Water: scrub the wall with a sponge. Try to erase the old strains, if any. You can use detergent with warm water. It takes a specific appliance for interior painting spray
  • Dry the walls: you can use a clean cloth or any kind of element that has the power of absorbing. Make sure there left no moisture on the wall. Wait until it is properly dried.

​​Step Two: Spraying the Wall

  • ​​Cover the Ceiling Nearer to the Wall: you can use painter’s tape to cover the ceiling. It is the most preferable because it does not leave anything sticky on the wall. Use the tape as much as you need. But most of the cases, it is not necessarily more than two to three feet. Don’t forget to wear a mask and open the nearby window. You don’t necessarily need to wear gloves, but it can be useful. Remember, ventilation is vital for painting.
  • ​​Protect Yourself: You will need protection in order to work with spray paint. This is not optional; it is mandatory because spray paint fumes are toxic and are may cause serious health issues. You need eye protection, and you need nose and mouth protection too. It is also advisable to wear thick enough clothing so it will not end up on your skin, as well as gloves. This is serious. I have had health issues not directly caused by spray paint but certainly aggravated by it. Proceed with extreme caution, and if you can, avoid it at all costs. You may always paint with acrylic on (almost) any imaginable surface. Walls included. But not endorsed, unless it is a cafe or your room.
  • ​​Pour the Paint in a Bowl: If you are not comfortable enough with a bowl, then use a bucket with a suitable handle. You can mix some water if necessary. Latex paint is readily usable most of the time. 
  • ​​Start From the Corner: take your sprayer against the wall in the corner. You can use stepladder if it is required to reaching out to the ceiling. Position your sprayer on the right point and start spraying. Make sure you don’t touch the ceiling while spraying. Arc it down softly, so the primer-covered sprayers are flat against the wall. But again, you cannot afford to touch the ceiling. Take enough time to make sure the sprayer amplitudes all across the wall coherently without splashing onto the ceiling.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Spray Paint in Public?

Unless you have a permit, this is not a good idea, since there are laws against it.

If, however, you are hired by a cafe to decorate their terrace, for example, you can do it, of course.

Please do not touch historic buildings, please. In my country, many historic buildings are being vandalized with spray paint; this is an incredibly disappointing sight to see during a walk through the city. Mutilated buildings kill the unique charm of each city.

If you enjoy spray painting, please do it in legal areas or for hire, because if you don’t, the law will not be on your side. Anything damaging public and private property will get you in serious trouble.

Where Should I Paint First? Ceilings or Walls?

We suggest you spray the ceiling first definitely. Can easily roll all around the perimeter as well, spraying is comparatively easy in the corners and watch for drips. Apply gentle pressure with the sprayer force in order to fill the seam between walls and ceiling.


There are several advantages of spray paint. One of the main concerns is the budget and estimation for the service. If you plan to spray the house, you will probably spend and use more paint. However, if you decide to hire someone to spray, it will likely take longer. Another interesting thing to watch out is that a spray job can be long-lasting but only if applied properly.

It is totally possible to spray walls without hitting the ceiling if you are tricky enough.

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