Tin ceilings are a beautiful addition to any building that showcases class and elegance. Unfortunately, because of the metallic properties of these ceilings, any water in the form of humidity or excess moisture can cause the ceilings to rust. When the tin ceilings rust, it can sometimes get so bad that the entire ceiling must be removed and replaced.
However, it’s possible to prevent rust. Even if rust is affecting small portions of your ceiling, it’s still a situation that can be salvaged. Consider the following tips on preventing your decorative ceilings from rusting, and saving your ceiling if it does!
To prevent rust from occurring, consider coating your ceiling with a clear polyurethane finish or an oil-based paint. These coats will serve as a barrier between the tin and the excess moisture in the air. Before applying these coats of finish, don’t forget to clean your ceiling of any dust so that the final coating is painted over a clean surface.
If it’s too late and rust has already begun spreading on your tin ceiling, you can use a belt sander to remove it. This is perfect for those ceilings that are completely flat and have little to no design. On the other hand, a wire brush is perfect for dealing with rust on the tin ceilings that have very intricate and dimensional designs. Try using handheld sandpaper if you want a lot of control over the process.
Aesthetically, rust isn’t pleasing, but its effects also damage the tin itself. If the rust isn’t removed, it will continue spreading and weakening the general strength and structure of the tin tile.
If you have to remove rust from your tin ceiling, you’ll want to resurface it to help restore that decorative luster while helping prevent the rust from returning! Resurfacing shields the tin from the elements, namely air and water, which are conducive to rust forming. To restore, simply apply a primer and one or two coats of paint. You’ll want to do this within 24-48 hours of any rust being removed from the tiles.
Take time to plan the painting process. Keep in mind that a small section of rust may require you to re-paint the entire ceiling. If this is the case, ensure that the paint matches the rest of the room!