When it comes time to install your new metal tiles, you will want to have the perfect surface ready for application. In many cases, this can be as simple as wiping your ceiling clean with a damp sponge. But many ceilings feature textured applications that will make it difficult for your beautiful new tiles to adhere, and in these cases the texture will have to be removed prior to installation. It’s not a difficult thing to do, but it does take some elbow grease, and it will require a bit of dusting afterward.
1. Cover all furniture and appliances. Cover the floor. Be sure to wear a face mask and goggles – after all, the ceiling is about to come falling down on you.
2. Most recommend the use of a drywall sander, which you can attach to an extension pole to reach the ceiling if need be. Go over the ceiling with the sander and remove the texture, being careful not to sand through to the drywall beneath.
3. Clean the surface of the ceiling.
4. At this point, you may notice some minor damage to the ceiling. If so, this would be the perfect time to take care of such ceiling damage, so that you have a flawless surface over which to lay your new metal tiles. Doing the work up-front saves immeasurable time and energy in the future.
5. Apply a thin layer of drywall compound to the entire surface of the ceiling and allow it to dry. This will provide a perfect base layer for the metal tiles to adhere to.
6. Once the drywall compound has dried completely, you are ready to start applying your metal ceiling tiles.
No matter how careful you may have been during the sanding, you are likely to have some bits of fallen ceiling texture to clean up, but that’s all part of the process. If you had neglected this all-important step, not only would your ceiling tiles have trouble holding onto the surface, but your ceiling would not have gotten the treatment to ensure it lasts as long as possible.