If you are lucky enough to find a home that still has its original tin ceiling, you will find that it is most likely in bad disrepair due to years of neglect. Fortunately, there are ways you can restore that tin ceiling, so it looks just as good as it did years before.
In this article, we will be discussing how you can remove damaged tiles, how you can find a perfect match to replace those tiles, and how you can install your new tiles, so they fit in seamlessly with the others.
A couple of common issues you may come across with old metal ceilings are deterioration of the paint surface and rusting because of some form of water infiltration. Try to remove all the paint from the metal tiles and then use a rust remover to remove any rust spots there may be on the tiles.
Once this is done, you can then buff out the tiles and then repaint them. Apply a primer first and then use semi-gloss, oil-based paint.
When removing the paint, be very careful because there is a good chance there is at least one layer of lead paint. Wear gloves, make sure to work in a well-ventilated area, avoid using a heat gun and manually scraping the paint. It may be best to call a professional in or send a sample of the paint to a lab to determine if it is lead-based or not.
If the tiles are too far gone, then you may need to remove the damaged ones and find replacements. To remove tiles, you can use a water and detergent combination to spray behind the tiles as much as you can to soften the adhesive that was used. You can then gently pull the tile away. You can also carefully use a chisel to chip away at the old mastic to remove the tiles.
When finding replacement tiles, you can search from an inventory at Metal Ceiling Express that includes hundreds of different styles, designs, colors, sizes and patterns to find something that closely resembles the damaged tiles you removed. You can also choose to repaint the tiles to make everything more uniform.