Tips for Painting Suspended Ceilings

Do you have a suspended ceiling you need to paint? A suspended ceiling is a second ceiling, or a dropped ceiling beneath the actual roof. They may also be called dropped ceilings and will be found primarily in commercial or industrial buildings but may be found in the home as well, especially as a means of covering old hard to repair cracks in aged buildings or homes. A dropped ceiling can be designed a number of ways, but is usually some sort of tile supported by beams, the tile being made of any number of materials.

If your suspended ceiling is getting older, or if you are simply going for a new look, than painting your ceiling is a great idea. It will add beauty and life to your home with just a little work. We are going to go through a few easy steps to painting your suspended ceiling.

Spray Paint

  1. Preparation – Cover or remove all furnishings and other materials from the room, you may want to cover the floor as well (especially if you have carpeting). Plastic sheeting found at hardware stores is perfect for this job. Next you want to dust the ceiling, removing debris, spider webs, etc, anything that could get in the way of the paint.
  2. Two coats of water based paint – Apply the first coat of latex paint in smooth motions back and forth across the entire ceiling. Let the paint dry for four hours, than re-paint in the opposite direction. This will give a more uniform finish.

Paint Your Ceiling Tiles with a Roller

painting suspended ceilings

  1. Carefully remove the ceiling tiles. If the tiles are irregular in shape take them down in order to be sure you can put them back in the proper place. You may want to use a number system, marking the back of the tiles with numbers for when you want to put them back.
  2. Use one coat on the back and two coats on the front of each tile and let the tiles dry.
  3. As the tile is drying, use painter’s tape around the walls next to each grid. Once your walls are protected painting the grid with a roller will be a simple process. For areas the roller cannot reach use a small brush. After painting let the grid dry for at least 8 hours before replacing the tiles.
  4. As long as all of the paint is dried before setting the tiles back in place, there should be a minimum amount of touch-ups, but once everything is in place use the small brush for areas you may have missed.

Hint: You can add a bit of style to your suspended ceiling by painting the grid a separate color. If you choose to go this route, follow the Roller instructions even if you plan on using spray paint. Just replace the “roller” sections with spray paint.

That all there is to it! Now you have a beautiful new ceiling. Remember to take all of the necessary precautions when using a ladder and follow all safety instructions.

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