We have an old water stain on our ceiling...how do I cover it?

by Laurie
  14 answers
  • Hof30111357 Hof30111357 on Mar 16, 2018

    Try bleach in a spray bottle. Spray lightly--several times if needed. Be sure to cover whatever is underneath.

  • Ebbjdl Ebbjdl on Mar 16, 2018

    After the bleach, paint with a brush, try to match the ,(now) color.

  • Ray Porter Ray Porter on Mar 16, 2018

    a product called Bin. it will cover it but you might want to think about repainting your ceiling. The Bin will only stop the stain from coming through if the problem that caused it is fixed. If not over time it will return.

  • Dee Dee on Mar 16, 2018

    If you just paint over it , the stain will bleed through. I had several. The best thing to do is cover the stain with polyurethane 1-2 coats. Then paint it It wont bleed through the poly. Good luck

  • Holly Kinchlea-Brown Holly Kinchlea-Brown on Mar 16, 2018

    zinzer bin 123 primer first on the stain, then repaint the ceiling

  • 2dogal 2dogal on Mar 16, 2018

    easy peasy! use a spray can of Kills (get in the paint department), then repaint the area the same color as the rest of the ceiling. Kills will keep the stain from bleeding through the new paint.

    • Amy Amy on Mar 19, 2018

      Yes, but it is Kilz. Works great and the stain won’t bleed thru.

  • Vickie Raymond Vickie Raymond on Mar 19, 2018

    It is Kiltz, and you can now get it in an upspray can. You can also buy the "popcorn" texture in an upspray can. Unless you have painted, OR have smoking stained ceiling, it will, most likely be a very close match. Maybe, feather your spray away from treated area. COVER YOUR HAIR AND WEAR SAFETY GLASSES. My spot was only about a foot from the paneled wall, and there were only minor specks of overspray to be cleaned away. Check with your hardware store. Unsure about a paint store, but probably.

  • 2dogal 2dogal on Mar 20, 2018

    Thanks for correcting my spelling...Kilz!!

  • Cdm48795112 Cdm48795112 on May 02, 2021

    KklzKill makes an upward spray can in white cover up sold at home supply stores

  • Deb K Deb K on Jan 07, 2022

    Hi Laurie, hope this helps you out,

    You can try to clean it with this solution, mix one-part bleach with four parts water in a spray bottle. Mist the discolored area and lightly dab it with a sponge, then wait a couple of hours to see if the stain comes out. If it doesn't, add more bleach to the spray bottle and try again in another area until the solution appears to be effective.

    Or to cover it,


  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Jun 01, 2022

    Use Kilz primer and then repaint

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Oct 21, 2022

    Paint on Stain Cover, let dry then re-paint.

  • Mogie Mogie on Nov 05, 2022

    What caused the stain in the first place? That problem needs to be addressed. But after it is just prime and paint. Might be better repainting the entire ceiling.