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How to Paint your Acoustic Ceiling Tile

If you can use a paintbrush or roller then you can paint acoustic ceiling tile. There are a few points to learn that will make it easier but once you get through one or two tiles, you will have mastered the learning curve.

Remember that acoustic ceiling tile takes ample drying space so figure that into your planning phase before you get started on tackling that ceiling job.

  1. Remove existing acoustic ceiling tile and lay out on a flat surface. If it is a new ceiling installation, the layout should be planned out in advance to cut any tiles necessary before painting otherwise touch ups will be necessary. Removing the tile before painting is much easier than trying to paint it while in the ceiling due to the textured surface and floating action of the acoustic ceiling tile within the grids. The older style of nailed or tacked tile cannot be removed for painting. (Note that drop ceiling tile, acoustic ceiling tile, and suspended ceiling tile often refer to the same thing and wording can be used interchangeably).

  2. Use the brush to apply paint to the beveled edges of the suspended ceiling tile. This is a necessary step because tile can move within the suspension grid and show the white borders of the tile. If snap in suspension grid work is used, save time by brush painting these to match.

  3. Roll paint on the textured surface of the acoustic ceiling tile in a "V" formation. Because the surface is uneven and textured, it will require a substantial amount of coverage. Using the "V" painting technique helps to cover the entire surface adequately. Allow drop ceiling tile to dry completely before applying a second coat of paint using the same technique as noted. Again, allow to dry before installing acoustic tile in ceiling.

  4. Warning

    Handle acoustic ceiling tile carefully. Because of it's soft fiber composition, it breaks easily if dropped.