Although tin ceiling tiles are resistant to much wear and tear, it may become necessary from time to time to repair tin ceilings. In older homes in particular, where rusting or holes may have occurred, ceiling reparations may be a vital part of home maintenance. Repairing tin ceilings, however, can be a straightforward process when done correctly.
First, assess the damage that has occurred on your ceiling. Take some pictures and visit the manufacturer or another tin tile expert to assess whether the damage is able to be fixed or if the tile will need to be replaced. If the tile is fixable, start by gently removing the tile from the ceiling. Using a crow bar or other strong but thin object, safely pry it from its previous position without causing damage to the ceiling beneath the tile.
Once the tile has been removed, sand portions that need repair with 80-grit sandpaper until the rust or other damage has been scraped away. If rust is your main concern, after you have removed as much rust as you can, make sure to apply an anti-rusting agent and allow it to dry fully to keep the damage from spreading to more areas of the tile.
Dents and holes can be addressed using a standard auto body filler. Apply the filler to the hole and press it into place with your hand until it matches the general shape and area of the surrounding tile. After the filler is in place, use trimming tools to shape it until it lines up perfectly with the designs of the panel’s surrounding areas. The filler should be allowed to dry fully once it is molded, and the tile should be set aside until the repaired portion has fully hardened.
After the filler has hardened and the rust-resistant primer has dried, find an oil-based paint whose color is a match for the rest of the tile. Paint over the affected areas, then allow the coat to dry entirely before handling the tile again. When the tile is successfully repaired and the paint has dried completely, it is time to re-insert the tile onto your ceiling. It is generally best to use nails to secure the panel onto your internal roof. Five or six nails hammered on each side of the tile should keep it secure.