For popcorn ceilings, a matte-type paint helps hide irregularities in the surface and lessens glare, but an eggshell-type paint keeps the ceiling from having a chalky texture. Additionally, homeowners should prepare the ceiling with an alkyd paint before applying the decorative paint.
To decide whether to paint the ceiling with a roller or a paint-sprayer, individuals should check the water solubility of the ceiling by spraying a little bit of water on the ceiling. If the ceiling softens, the homeowner should use a paint-sprayer to apply the paint. If not, he can use a large roller that has the ability to take paint into the handle.