How should I prime these ceilings


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Old 02-08-09, 02:23 PM
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How should I prime these ceilings

I have a small house with drop-in tile ceilings, 2'x2' tiles. Over the years it's been smoked in and I need to repaint now.

So I am wondering what would be the best product to prime with before applying ceiling paint.

Your thoughts? Thanks.
 
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Old 02-09-09, 03:11 AM
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You should use a solvent based primer. There are some latex primer/sealers but they don't always adequately seal the stains to keep them from bleeding thru the finish coat of paint.
 
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Old 02-09-09, 08:11 AM
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For smoke, you may have to seal with a Shellac-based primer like Zinsser BIN. An oil-base may work, and it is less nasty to apply. (BIN more or less requires a cartridge respirator, while you could probably get away with a LOT of ventilation if you use an oil-base primer.)

Don't waste time with a water-base; it won't work for smoke.

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Old 02-09-09, 08:55 AM
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Replace them?!

This is one of those situations that MAY warrant replacing them if they're just the lightweight drop-in ceiling tiles.

I haven't priced any for a while, but it seems easier than doing all the paint-prep., primer-fumes, dry-times......

In two hours, you could do LOTS of tiles, with no smell!

Faron
 
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Old 02-10-09, 04:38 PM
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Good point about replacing them

but I still have the problem of the stained grid, thus would need to prime and paint anyway.
 
 

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