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Best way to paint drop ceiling T rails?

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Oct 17, 2010
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Best way to paint drop ceiling T rails?

These T rails are yellow. i cleaned them up but i guess that was the popular cover back 20 years ago.

i was gonna paint them with a primer white paint and leave it . using a brush or a foam roller is better?. i was wondering if thats ok?

my plan was to lift the tiles up and set them on an angle inside the false ceiling prior so the paint dont stick to the tiles.

other option is to use spray paint but i just dont want to take every tile down and stir up more dust.
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Feb 7, 2017
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IIRC ... The T rails from the 80s & 90s came in white, Almond & gold

Could be one of those

Or ... it could just be a case of the paint deteriorating / yellowing over time

Or ... more likely ... smokers.

Smokers ruined so much paint & finishes back in the day. It was truly gross !!!

If it’s smoke residue shit ... gonna take a lot more than just primer / paint to fix
(Smoke otherwise will bleed thru )

Gonna take TSP and some major elbow grease

I say take down the panels entirely ... don’t just kitty corner them ... still could get paint on them / ruin them

Then paint the T rails with a brush, or small roller
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Oct 17, 2010
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PointsHubby wrote: IIRC ... The T rails from the 80s & 90s came in white, Almond & gold

Could be one of those

Or ... it could just be a case of the paint deteriorating / yellowing over time

Or ... more likely ... smokers.

Smokers ruined so much paint & finishes back in the day. It was truly gross !!!

If it’s smoke residue shit ... gonna take a lot more than just primer / paint to fix
(Smoke otherwise will bleed thru )

Gonna take TSP and some major elbow grease

I say take down the panels entirely ... don’t just kitty corner them ... still could get paint on them / ruin them

Then paint the T rails with a brush, or small roller
yes it was smokers. i already wiped down the rails and removed alot of smoke . it was disgusting. i also repainted each panel maybe a few years ago with ceiling paint. that crappy flourescent fixture will be removed hence the newer LED pot light.

i should have painted the rails when i took the panels off years ago when i repainted but i thought it would be fine if the rails were cleaned. they do appear to be originally an almond color.

anyways, in regards to painting the rail, would a simple white latex primer paint be sufficient? i just want it white and primer would stick better and is already white. what do you think?
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Nov 18, 2005
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I would paint the tiles and frame. Rent a paint sprayer for a couple of hours and you're done
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Dec 25, 2006
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thatsnazzyiphoneguy wrote: that crappy flourescent fixture will be removed hence the newer LED pot light.
Go with an LED flat panel instead - did that in my basement and they are fantastic. Can get them on Amazon for about $175 a pair (2 x 4 foot size)
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Jan 19, 2017
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I would recommend doing a smoke sealer like KILZ first. Nicotine and tar color seaps through, then pick your color. Like Drthorne said, rent a sprayer, mask the walls, and can get a dryfall paint product and have the ceiling done in very little time.
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Sep 6, 2017
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Spraying would give the best appearance. Get zinsser primer and whatever color paint and be done in a few hours.

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