A properly maintained ceiling allows prolonged life and an attractive ambiance. If you are living in a house that is at least five years old, the ceiling will start to show some evidences of cracks. Depending on the quality of paint that was used, the cracks can begin to show up at a later time.
If you happen to seen cracks on your ceiling paint, you need to immediately repair them as the cracks can extend and magnify. If you don’t act fast enough, the probability of leaks through the cracks become higher over time.
Learn how to repair cracked ceiling paint on you own so that you need not call in professionals. If the cracks require minor patch-ups, then you can easily do it in no time. In most cases, it’s not enough that you repaint the cracked area, as doing so cannot prevent the cracks from resurfacing. At times, you need to remove the existing paint for you to give the area a fresh paint.
Start by covering your work area. The project can be messy so ensure that the area is well covered. If you have furniture underneath the cracked ceiling, move the furniture to a distant area so that accidentally drippings can be avoided. Prepare a ladder for you to step on; do not use any piece of furniture for you to step on as this could lead to accidents.
Use a paint scraper to remove any loose paint around the area that needs repair. If you do not own a paint scraper, you can use a putty knife as an alternative. The next thing you need to do is to apply Spackle in the area where you scraped the paint. Spackle is a paste used to fill minor cracks. Since cracks can eventually lead to leaks, it’s best to apply Spackle to prevent further damage. You can purchase Spackle in any hardware stores. Follow the instructions that come with the Spackle on the proper application.
Allow adequate time for the Spackle to dry. You will need to use sandpaper with a one hundred and fifty grit to sand the area. Attach the sandpaper to a sanding block so that you can easily sand through the area. Remove any evident imperfections, as the uneven surface can be visible under the paint. Use protective eyewear when you are using the sandpaper. The eyewear can protect your eyes from any dust or Spackle particles. To check if you have sanded enough, run your fingers along the area and check if bumps or dimples are no longer felt. Continue to sand until you achieve smooth surface.
Use a roller paintbrush to apply paint on the area. Try to purchase the same color as your existing ceiling paint so that the repair job is not too obvious. If there is more than one area that needs repainting, then you can decide on repainting the whole ceiling so that the paint color would perfectly match. Wait for the paint to completely dry before you apply another coat.
Remember to occasionally check your ceiling for any evident cracks so that you can act on them fast.