How to fix ceiling stain?


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Old 03-23-18, 07:48 AM
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How to fix ceiling stain?

a leaking water heater did this stain on the ceiling...see pic. Can i try paint, spray or something?

what is this ceiling tile called? Is it hard and expensive to replace? My best option to make it look better on a budget? Thanks
 
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Old 03-23-18, 08:34 AM
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First paint the stain with a oil based stain blocking primer like Zinsser Cover Stain or Kilz Original. Then you can re-paint the entire ceiling with a water based latex to give it a uniform appearance.
 
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Old 03-23-18, 11:48 AM
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As PD said, a solvent based stain blocking primer along with latex paint is the easiest fix. Occasionally water stains are too bad for an oil base primer - then you need a pigmented shellac like Zinnser's BIN.

I doubt you can still buy those ceiling tiles. You pretty much only see them in older houses.
 
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Old 03-23-18, 12:30 PM
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Thanks, yeah its a really old house, needs a lot of work. Ill likely be asking for more advice on this forum...cheers!
i was thinking of renting a sprayer to do this, to get in the cracks etc, does that make the job easier?
 
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Old 03-23-18, 12:49 PM
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No, you'd be better off with a brush and roller. Overspray tends to travel a lot! I could brush and roll it in the time it takes to completely cover everything up including sealing off adjoining room. Also the paint covers better if it's worked in with a brush or roller.

A 1/2" nap roller should do a good job of getting in the cracks/grooves. The trick is to apply the paint liberally so it flows into the joints, you then roll back over it to dress it up.
 
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Thanks a lot for all the advice, finally got around to doing it last weekend, looks so much better. Very happy to have saved a lot of money...thanks again!
 
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Thanks for the update, glad it worked out for you.
 
 

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