Painting Drop Ceiling

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Old 07-07-11, 12:32 AM
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I live in a trailer, and it's small, and you have to make do with what you have. Years ago some guy was hired to put up a drop ceiling in my bedroom. I guess normally drop ceiling tiles are easily removed. But these are not. If I push one up, it stays up. No way to get it back down easily, or at all sometimes.

Over the winter the propane fireplace made a mess of the place coating everything (probably including my lungs) in soot. So repainting has begun.

But here lies the drop ceiling. I cannot take the tiles down and paint them like a normal person would. But it needs to be painted. But if I were to push too hard with a brush I don't know if I'd ever get the tiles back down again.

And I have thought about a paint sprayer, but I am 25 and a woman. I'd have NO idea how to use it and I would be very scared to use one.

Now that I have exhausted all possible responses, can anyone suggest anything so I can get this dang thing painted?
 
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Old 07-07-11, 04:27 AM
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Sounds like a fun paint job

I own spray equipment but I'm always leery of spraying in an occupied dwelling - there is just too much risk of over spray getting on something it shouldn't

Were you able to wash off any of the soot? Often these types of stains will bleed thru latex paint so you might want to test a spot or two in case you need a primer.

Basically you are going to need to use a brush and roller. One of those small rollers might make it easier to roll each panel without pushing it up..... but that would be slow going. If a panel gets pushed up and doesn't want to drop back down, insert a screw or two and use it for a handle to pull the panel back in place. If the screw hole is noticeable, apply a little caulking just in the hole and touch up the paint.
 
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Yep, I'd still brush or roll this, you'll just have to do it gently.

I would clean the tiles as well as possible and then put on a oil based sealing primer if I could not get rid of all the soot, then latex paint.
 
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I would find out why those tiles are stuck. they are relatively inexpensive. so destroying one just to find out, if needed, would not be a big deal.
 
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I'm not sure that would be a good idea since there is so little room above the drop ceiling to work with. Also there are differences between brands which might make it difficult to get a matching panel.
 
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the tile got in there somehow.
 
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Thanks

Thanks for all that responded.

I am not going to destroy an of my tiles. That seems foolish to me.

I guess I will gently roll it. But can anyone suggest what nap to get? I want to put as much paint on in a pass, but I don't want to have to press hard to get the paint on the ceiling.

Thank you!
 
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I'd use either a 1/2" or 3/4" nap. The main thing is to keep the roller well loaded and not try to squeeze all the paint out of it. It's ok to 'smear' it on and then gently roll it out so it looks good.
 
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Thank you! I'll look at 1/2 and 3/4 naps!
 

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