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Best Paint for Ceilings UK Review 

Thanks for taking the time to read our review on the best types of paint for ceilings.

The vast majority of people will use some type of emulsion paint when it comes to painting their ceilings. The main choice is usually either a matt finish or a silk finish. We shall explain that in more detail below. However, you should be aware that there are also specialist ceiling paints for kitchens and bathrooms where more moisture exists. There are also paints designed to help fill in cracks in the ceiling. We shall explain those choice just below.

Is Matt or Silk Paint Better for Ceilings?

We would strongly recommend always to use a matt finish on your ceilings. You can use colours on your ceiling if you want to but the vast majority of people will opt for a white matt finish. Silk finish creates a shine or more accurately a sheen on your ceilings. While this can look nice it also really does show up any blemishes (lumps and bumps) that exist and you never want that.

Matt ceiling paint is also washable so easy to clean and it is also cheaper than silk paint. the majority of people who have tried a silk paint did say that it is too shiny and shows up every blemish, so our advice is to stick with a plain matt ceiling paint at all times.

How Much Paint do you need for a Ceiling?

There are only two things you need to know which are the approximate size of the ceiling and how many coats you are going to need. A typical 12 x 12 feet living room will need about 1.5 litres of paint for a single coat. If you are applying two coats then 2.5 litres sill do the job as you need less paint for a second coat.

A litre of paint will cover 10 square metres.

Measure the width and breadth of the room and multiply these together. For example a 12 x 12 feet living room is 3.65 metres x 3.65 metres which is 13.3 square metres so around 1.3 to 1.5 litres of paint will do the job.

Emulsion ceiling paint is usually sold in either a 2.5 litre or 5 litre tin. So a 2.5 litre tin will do a couple of coats. Only buy a 5 litre tin if you have a really large ceiling or are doing more than one ceiling. If you are doing a number of ceilings then you can buy larger buckets of paint (10 litres) which will be cheaper but more bulky to handle.

Ceiling Paint Comparison Table

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Best Ceiling Paint for a Bathroom

As you know bathrooms are more subject to steam and moisture when compared to other rooms in your home. They are also usually smaller and this is where a soft sheen can actually work much better.

More importantly, bathroom ceiling and wall paints contain some type of anti-mould product also known as moisture resistant which really helps maintain your bathroom ceiling. if you do a lot of cooking in your kitchen then this type of paint is also a good choice.

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Best Ceiling to cover cracks

Many older ceilings will over time develop small hairline cracks. There are paints available which are slightly thicker and have more elasticity in them. These help cover up and fill in those cracks. Just be aware though, that they will not help with larger cracks or deeper cracks.

For those you will need to fill them in first and then sand them level before painting.

BEST SELLER

2.5L Size

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BEST VALUE FOR MONEY

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BEST QUALITY

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As well as our many tool reviews, we have also included a whole range of articles, on how to use them. This will include the many tasks that you may have to do at home. That could include putting up a shelf, drilling through tiles, drilling through concrete, laying carpet, fixing a leaking tap, and just about any other thing that you can think of.

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Between us, we have a lot of experience, and we are more than happy to share that with you here.

Thanks for reading our best paint for ceilings article and we hope it has given you a better insight into the world of painting. 

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