This is a common question that we often get and the answer is: It depends.
It depends on a few factors:
Has the ceiling been previously painted? This is a very important
factor which will determine the difficulty of the painting
If the ceiling has been primed and painted previously then that will
make re-painting it a whole lot easier and much less messy.
When repainting a stucco ceiling you can simply use a good quality 3
inch brush and a quality microfiber paint roller of at least ¾ inch thickness to
ensure proper coverage over the stucco.
Use the brush to “cut” in the perimeter of the ceiling, and then use
the paint roller to roll inside the cut area Make sure to overlap the cut lines,
but without touching the walls.
It usually takes 2 coats with a quality ceiling paint to achieve perfect coverage.
On the second coat roll in the opposite direction so that you are
crisscrossing over the first coat. This will ensure optimal coverage.
Now if you are faced with the task of having to paint over unprimed/painted stucco ceilings…
Just kidding, Call us!
Or follow these simple guidelines:
When Painting over unprimed stucco we always prefer to use a sprayer if
possible. This is the easiest way to apply paint without disturbing the fragile
Unfortunately spraying may not always be an option. Whether it is
because it would require too much masking and covering or a multitude of other
The good news is that it is possible to roll unprimed stucco ceilings.
It will be much messier than repainting a previously painted ceiling
though so be well prepared.
This is because when you are rolling, some of the stucco bits and
pieces will come loose, get covered in paint from your roller and fall to the
This makes covering everything in the room perfectly a top
When it comes down to painting the ceiling the process is not much more
involved than if the ceiling was previously painted.
The key however is using a much thicker paint roller. We prefer 31mm
Bennett rollers, but any quality brand will do.
Make sure when you are rolling to continuously reload the roller with paint.
This will help you avoid going back and forth over the stucco with an empty
roller and pulling away the fragile stucco pieces.
Good Luck and Happy Painting!