Paint Acoustic Tile

Whether you’ve had water damage or just years of wear and tear an acoustic tile ceiling can lose it’s clean look over time, if you’d like the look back, paint. It’s easy.

1. Carefully remove a few tiles from the ceiling and place them on a painter’s drop cloth.

2. If you have water damage on your tiles I would recommend sealing it with some stain sealing primer before you paint.

3. When the tiles are all prepped, use a roller and some regular wall paint to carefully roll an even coat of paint onto them. Allow the paint to dry and repeat the process for the rest of the tiles.

4. While you have the tiles off of the ceiling you may want to paint the grid that they rest in. Tape off the walls surrounding the grid so you don’t have to re-paint them too. Work on a ladder that is tall enough so that you’re not standing on the top step. Use a small foam brush to paint the grid. This type of brush will help you get a nice smooth finish.

COLOR Frequently asked questions

How do colors effect room size?

Generally, warm colors like reds, oranges, and yellows close in a space. Blues, greens, and violets tend to make a room look larger. Dark colors have a diminishing effect. Whites are always a good choice for making a room look larger.

My room has a chair rail and I am using two colors….?

This depends on the look you want to achieve. If you want an open, airy look, always paint the portion of the wall below the chair rail darker allowing the lighter color to dominate.

Should trim work be painted the same color as the walls…?

Use the same color to hide trim work, use a lighter or darker color to bring out the trim work and add highlights.

Will the paint I choose look lighter or darker on the wall?

Larger surfaces make the paint appear darker. As a general rule, always choose colors that are a shade or two lighter than what you want. Do keep in mind that colors can also appear lighter or darker depending on surrounding colors and lighting.

What is the best way to decide which color is best for my room?

Take color chips home to determine the color of your room. A nice technique is to hold the color chips in the daylight and at night so you will see how lighting will effect your color choices.

What color should I paint my ceiling?

White or off-white colors will create the illusion of having a higher ceiling and more open space. Whereas medium to dark colors will create the illusion of lowering the ceiling. Customarily, white or off-white tend to be used.

Will the paint actually match the color chip?

As a general rule, paint on a color chip will appear slightly lighter than when applied in a room. Always take into account the sheen of the paint, the lighting in the room, and other colors that are in the room.