Preparation of the paint surface is key to achieving a professional finish. Fill cracks in the ceiling and walls with interior filler and sand flush with surface. If the ceiling and walls are in a particularly poor condition, then they will have to be re-skim with plaster. Brush off any dust gathered on the surface to be painted and remove grease, scuffle marks and finger marks by lightly washing with a sugar soap and warm water dilution or use another suitable detergent and leave to dry. Nicotine staining or stubborn marks on the ceiling or walls should be treated with stain block. Damp patches should not be painted over without first seeking expert advice. Ideally, the room should be free of furniture, alternatively move everything to the centre of the room and cover the furniture and floor with dust sheets.
Cutting in means painting with a hand brush, where the ceiling and wall meet or any other junction such as around doors, windows and light fittings. Emulsion paint is normally used for ceilings and walls and an even paint coverage and a methodical approach is require for a professional finish and lastly paint all woodwork.