The number one challenge when it comes to painting your fifth wall is to avoid dripping paint when painting a ceiling.
We’ll assume all of your prep work is done (furniture has been moved, drop cloths have been dropped, fixtures have been removed, ceiling has been cleaned and if necessary, lightly sanded, and you’ve completed your cut-ins).
Don't Use too Much Paint
An unnecessary amount of dripping usually occurs when soaking up the roller with too much paint, in an attempt to cover as much area as possible. So instead, section off your ceiling into smaller areas and you’ll use less paint on your roller to cover a smaller area. Using a smaller and shallower paint tray can help in accomplishing this.
Paint in a Straight Line
As you begin, don’t press too hard on the roller, as this will cause splatter. Paint in a straight line, which should be easier to do if you’re working on smaller sections. (Painting in “W” or “V” patterns, tends to spread the paint too thin and you’ll be tempted to apply an increasing amount of paint on the roller.)
These same procedures would be used on a textured ceiling, although you may want to consider rollers that are specifically designed for this purpose.
One last thing about the paint. Ceiling paint is formulated to hide well with one coat and it typically doesn’t splatter very much. As an off-white color it virtually has no reflective properties, which minimizes roller marks. On the down side, it means that it doesn’t offer a good washable surface. But when was the last time you washed your ceiling?