Can You Use Ceiling Paint On Walls? (Pros & Cons)

Last Updated on October 9, 2022 by Barry Gray

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Redecorating rooms or renovating houses usually entails a whole lot of painting. However, different types of paint and techniques can be applied to create many textures and features. For example, there are different types of paint for painting walls and ceilings, but can you use ceiling paint on walls?

Although it is possible to use ceiling paint on walls, it is not always the appropriate choice for walls. Ceiling paints are cheaper than wall paint, prevent drips, and do not absorb smoke and odors. However, ceiling paint is difficult to clean and does not offer the same aesthetics as wall paint.  

This article investigates the possibility of using ceiling paint as wall paint and the differences between these two paints. In addition, the attributes of both ceiling paint and wall paint are

investigated some handy tips shared on preparing surfaces for painting.

Is using ceiling paint on walls a good idea?

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Before using ceiling paint on walls, it is advisable to compare both ceiling paint and wall paint attributes and features. Researching the differences will highlight critical facts before purchasing the correct product needed for projects.

Attributes Of Ceiling Paint

Several attributes of ceiling paint may make it tempting for homeowners and contractors to use this paint as an alternative coating on walls.

Following is a list of attributes of ceiling paint

  • Ceiling paints have a higher viscosity than wall paints. Higher density causes no dripping and better gripping.
  • Ceiling paints are developed with properties to hide any imperfections on the surface.
  • The paint contains latex, making the paint more flexible giving the color a smoother, more even finish.
  • To further enhance the appearance of painted ceilings, there is an option of using ceiling paint with a flat white or matt finish.

Added Features Of Ceiling Paint

Positive features of ceiling paint that make it a viable option to use on walls

  • Smoke and cooking vapors are less likely to stick to ceiling paints.
  • Ceiling paint requires only one coat to cover the surface in an even, smooth finish.
  •  It is advisable to use paint with a low-gloss or matt finishing to reduce light reflecting from the ceiling. Once again, ceiling paint serves this purpose.

Attributes Of Wall Paint

Following is a list of the attributes of wall paint that should be considered when deciding on the type of paint used on a particular surface.

  • Wall paints are thinner than ceiling paints and need more layers to cover surfaces.
  • Wall paints enhance the aesthetics of wall surfaces.
  • Wall paints cover surfaces in a tough, durable elastic film once dried.
  • To further enhance the appearance of painted walls, there is an option to use paint with a high-gloss or matt finish.

Added Features Of Wall Paint

A list of the positive features of wall paint makes deciding on what type and quality of paint to buy much more effortless and may save some money on the project.

  • Suitable wall paints are stain-resistant and long-wearing.
  • Walls are frequently touched and scratched, and therefore wall paints are resistant to wear and tear.
  • Good quality wall paints need fewer layers to cover surfaces, saving on product and expenses.
  • Wall paints are easy to clean.
  • Wall paints are available in a multitude of colors and textures.
  • Wall paint also offers choices regarding the type of sheen required.

Using Ceiling Paint On Walls

Although it is possible to use ceiling paint on walls, especially when saving expenses on renovations. In addition, ceiling paint is less expensive than most wall paints.

There are advantages and disadvantages to keep in mind when using ceiling paint on walls.

Disadvantages Of Using Ceiling Paint On Walls

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Before starting your paint projects, it is best to consider the disadvantages of using ceiling paint on walls to save time and expenses.

  • Ceiling paints contain substances that withstand molding and staining but not regular cleaning.
  • Ceiling paints are available in limited colors and sheens, namely matt and flat white, hindering decorative styles and ideas.
  • Light does not reflect so much from ceiling paint, which may significantly impact the aesthetics of walls painted with ceiling paint.
  • It is not advisable to use ceiling paint as a topcoat on walls.

Advantages Of Using Ceiling Paint On Walls

Fortunately, there are also a few advantages of using ceiling paint on walls that could save on costs and time.

  • Ceiling paint makes for an excellent cost-effective bottom coat or primer on walls before painting final layers with wall paint.
  • When used as a primer, the viscosity of ceiling paint aids in covering all stains and unevenness of walls, leaving a smooth, blemish-free surface.
  • Ceiling paints dry quickly and are less expensive than most decent quality wall paints, a huge advantage.
  • Experts advise using ceiling paint as a primer on walls where dampness may cause mold to form, seeing ceiling paints are mildew resistant.

Blending Ceiling Paint With Wall Paint 

It is possible to blend ceiling paint with wall paint. When combining two paints, the principal factor to keep in mind is ensuring that the mixed products are the same type. For example, always mix latex-based paint with latex-based paint. Never mix latex-blend paint with oil-based paint.

When mixing latex ceiling paint with latex wall paint, it is advisable to use that mix on walls. The wall paint in this combination has a lower consistency and may cause the color to drip from the ceiling.

Always make sure there is enough paint mixture to cover the entire surface. Too little will call for mixing another batch of paint, leading to differences in color and texture, leaving the surface looking blotchy.

The best way to mix ceiling and wall paint is to combine them. You can apply ceiling paint as a primer to create a smooth quick-drying, mold resisting surface. The wall paint can be used as the topcoat in any color and texture to enhance the appearance. 

How To Prepare Walls Before Painting With Ceiling Paint

It is of utmost importance to prepare a wall before painting; the better the preparation, the better the end product. Therefore, plan and ensure enough time is set apart for adequately preparing surfaces with the correct products and methods.

Following are tips to prepare walls before applying ceiling paint.

  • Inspect the wall for any marks, dirt, scratches, or cracks.
  • Use filler to repair any cracks or imperfections.
  • After repairing cracks and imperfections, apply a suitable primer over the fixed areas.
  • Wash off any dirt or marks with a suitable detergent
  • Remove dust and loose debris from walls by dusting and vacuuming.
  • Cover the floors, windows, and furniture with suitable covering to protect against paint splatters or accidents.

One can use the tips mentioned earlier to prepare most other surfaces before painting, no matter the type of painting. Preparation is the key to completing any project, so be diligent when prepping.


After all the research, proper planning, equipment purchase, cleaning, and preparation of all surfaces, it is time to start painting. By following the above advice, you can look forward to well-executed projects.

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Barry Gray

Hi, I’m Barry. I’ve loved woodworking and bringing things back to life for more years than I care to remember. I hope my passion for tools comes across loud and clear in everything you read here on The Tool Square.