Decorating your new home is always the best feeling. Imagine the admiring gaze of friends knowing that the walls in your house are painted by you. Life is not a dream, wake up! You cannot be taller than 6.5 feet, but the wall is much higher. This makes painting high walls extremely difficult. However, nothing is impossible. Follow this article and I will show you how to paint high walls.
How to Paint High Walls: Follow 6 Simple Steps!
Step 1: Have your room ready
- Remove all furniture or cover them with drop cloths or tarps.
- Use cloth or tarpaulin to cover your floor.
- Temporarily remove pictures and wall hangings.
- Do not forget to take down ceiling fans and chandeliers.
- Make sure that all fuses are turned off to prevent electrical leaks during electrical disassembly.
- Mark fuses with tape or anything else you have to warn and tell people in your home so nobody pops up while you’re working.
- Be sure to bring a flashlight, headlamp, or any other lighting device if you work in poor lighting.
- Using clean cloths, mild detergent and warm water to clean the walls and ceiling.
- Allow one hour for the walls and ceiling to dry before priming and painting.
Step 2: Set up your support tools
It depends on your choice based on the tips outlined above. There will be little, but very important, care to ensure absolute safety as well as efficiency in your work.
You know, We do not want to have accidents or problems just because of improper choices or lack of preparation.
If you choose a ladder:
- Make sure the ladder is at the right height for your walls. Too high or too low cause their own problems.
- Too high stairs will prevent you from standing up straight on the ladder. Worrying about contacts with the ceiling will distract you from the main job and bring an incomplete painted wall, or worse, other unintentional accidents.
- If it is too low, it will create many obstacles in the work. Typically, you have to stretch yourself out of reach, which can make you fall off easily.
- In case you are not sure how high your walls are, an adjustable ladder is the best choice.
- The bottom of the ladder needs to be firmly fixed on the ground. There is no universal angle of the ladder relative to the ground, as it depends on several factors such as the length of the ladder, the flatness of the plane (material, flatness,…), and also the weight of the person climbing (with accompanying tools if available).
- Ladder is a common household appliance. So if you do not feel it necessary to purchase one, you can ask your neighbors, friends, or relatives, but do not forget the criteria mentioned above. If possible, ask them for help, as it will be much safer when someone helps you stabilize the lower part of the ladder.
When your choice is scaffold:
As mentioned above, the advantage of scaffolding is the safety that it provides. But in return it requires a meticulous and time-consuming installation.
So below is a small guide on how to install a scaffold.
Determine the nature of the plane where you build and place the scaffold.
If the walls in need of painting are on the outside, the high scaffolding can be placed on the garden or playground. This is a fairly simple case, you just dig around the four supporting legs a few feet deep so they can easily be plugged down and fixed on the ground.
When the walls are in the house, some difficulties appear. Since floor is usually made of ceramic or wood, scaffolding can cause scratches and can not restore to the original shape. The solution to this problem is to prevent direct contact between the scaffolding and the floor, in other words, to use something as a soft pad. In this case it may be a big rug, alternatively, you can use four smaller rugs or rags for four corners.
Opt for casters.
When you plan to move your scaffold to many places in the house, casters are of great help. You can choose to buy scaffolds that come with casters, or you can also buy them separately.
They are also a good choice to avoid damaging the surface when used indoors.
And do not forget to lock them before you climb on the scaffold.
Get together the scaffolding frame.
This stage requires high concentration. Make sure follow every step carefully.
- Arrange the scaffolding connector.
- Lift one end and tighten to the top of the scaffolding frame.
- Lift the far end of the head against the ground.
- Do the same for the other side.
- The ends of the cross braces is coupled with the bottom of the opposite end frame.
Make a point of the stability of the scaffold.
Try moving the scaffold to see if it is safe or not, then bring it where you want.
Place the plank.
There is no need to take close notice of this part, just gently and carefully lift the plank through the scaffolding bars and place it in the required position.
Safety access to the scaffold.
We need the help of the ladder ( it looks like ladder and wall has been joined at the hip). But this time it only serves as an auxiliary tool that we use to reach the scaffolding.
Do not worry about spending any extra money, as the scaffolding is usually accompanied by a removable ladder, which can be attached to it for use in case of need.
Attach the guardrails.
Another free gift for your safety.
Guardrails are not compulsory. However, it is highly appreciated for preventing falling accidents as well as improving the reliability of certain parts of the scaffolding.
Reviewing everything after installation does not take up much of your time but will help you avoid a plenty of troubles.
Should anything happen, make sure it happens before you climb the scaffold.
Step 3: Cover holes or rough spots with spackling paste
Do not worry too much about cracks on the wall, it’s just a sign that your wall has been ruined by time.
Spackling is the epitome of those cracks, which also makes the wall smoother before painting.
For some tiny holes, apply a small amount of spackle to the hole and flatten it with your finger. But if the hole is bigger, use a small knife to apply spackle onto.
Wait until the paste dries and then gently sand the spot so that it’s smooth.
Each type of sparkling paste has different drying time, so read the instructions carefully before use.
You can wipe off the dust by using a damp rag after you’ve sanded it down to avoid a lack of aesthetic.
Step 4: Paint the Ceiling
- Cover up the ceiling’s perimeter with tape right at the intersection with the walls.
- An extension pole may help you broaden your painting reach.
- Plunge the roller in paint then abolish excess paint by rolling it over the shallow.
- Begin rolling square trajectory on the ceiling. When getting to the marges, using less strength to fight shy of creating a line to prevent squares overlaps each other.
- Continue painting in square orbit to the end of the walls.
Step 5: Paint the Walls
- Apply a coating before you paint if you feel the wall is too rough, or you want a brighter shade of your choice.
- Start at the top of the wall by painting strokes in a “W” shape then fill in that “W” with paint.
- Continue this process down the wall, coming down from your ladder or scaffold to paint the bottom section of the wall.
- Slide the roller cover a little bit off the frame to get closer to doors, ceilings and windows.
Tips: Although the same color, but the lightness of each can may be different. If you are using more than one gallon of paint, it is recommended that you intermix the gallons.
- Open windows to make sure you’re painting in a well-ventilated area.
Step 6: Clean up
- Picking up the things you used to cover up before and closing paint cans.
- Disengage used paint.
- Washing paint brushes, roller covers, and other tools in water and leave them in a well ventilated area.
3 Options to Reach the High Surface
Depending on the height of the wall, you may choose one of the methods below.
Of course, Each method has its own pros and cons, and I will help you find the most appropriate choice.
In most cases, a ladder seems sufficient.
Multi-function articulating ladders, platform ladders and 6’ or taller step ladders are good options for painting projects.
Avoid using a ladder that requires you to overextend yourself to reach needed areas.
Here are 5 different grades that are classified according to the ANSI (American National Standards Institute):
Type III ladders can support the least amount of weight. They can hold up to 200 pounds. These ladders are best for jobs that do not require you to haul heavy materials up and down because many users weigh approximately 200 pounds.
The weight that Type II can withstand is 225 pounds, 25 pounds more than Type III. All the same, This is not a big difference, it only allows you to bring some more small support tools.
With a capacity of 250 pounds, Type I is the popular choice of many people. The most common types of Type I ladders are step ladders, multipurpose ladders, and some attic ladders.
Ladders that have an “A” in the rating are heavy duty ladders that can hold up to 300 pounds. Moreover, some IA ladders can hold two people at the same time. Type IA ladders are sufficient for most contractor, carpentry, and construction jobs.
IAA ladders are the most heavy duty ladders available (and the most expensive) that can support up to 375 pounds. They are great for jobs that require the user to transport extremely heavy items up and down the ladder.
Type I ladders and types before it seem to be suitable for indoor painting work (of course the final choice is yours).
- Easy to use.
- No assembly required.
- Falling easily.
- Difficulty in choosing the right type.
- Don’t ever stand on the top step of a stepladder.
- Never exceed a ladder’s maximum load limit.
- There should only be one person on a ladder at a time.
- Always place the ladder solidly on the floor. Never try to move the ladder position while you’re on it, and keep your body centered between the rails of the ladder at all times.
Scaffolds are highly beneficial when working at a height for sustained periods of time. They provide a sturdy platform to work on and allow you to have your tools and paint supplies at your level for ease of use. But this is not the right choice for amateurs because it requires detailed and careful assembly. Like ladders, scaffolds also have a variety of materials and designs. However, most of these are for use in construction sites, whereas the type of scaffolds that I refer to is the mobile scaffold.
- Can move around on it.
- Ideal for long time work.
- Assembly requirements.
- Be sure it is completely assembled and locked into position before climbing.
- Remember to lock or make wheels immobile, if your scaffold has any.
- Do not exceed the scaffold weight limit.
This seems to be a great choice if your home walls is not too high. If you already have a paint roller, you just need to add an extension pole to it. Otherwise, you can buy a extension pole with paint roller.
- Can not reach the place too high.
Unity is strength
An extension poles when used in conjunction with a ladder or scaffold can maximize its performance. After choosing the right tool,
You have just completed the final step to have a splendid house with colorful walls.
Hopefully, with the above guidelines, you receive useful information to paint high walls on your own.
See also: Use a Paint Sprayer to Paint External Walls.
I am a licensed architect who is passionate about all things home improvement industries, I have been doing DIY painting projects and have developed lots of experience around home improvement over the 10 years.