Does anyone know an easy way to remove paint from a tin ceiling?

Hum30952923
by Hum30952923
My ceiling has many layers of paint and it's peeling all over.Add some details for your fellow Hometalkers! (Optional)

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  • Roxaneg Roxaneg on Oct 12, 2017

    There are sealers that can be painted on, but you might have too much build-up of paint to make that work for any time. It would probably just look messy.


    The "easy" way to remove paint is with chemical strippers. For a tin ceiling, it's about your only option.


    If this is an older ceiling, then I would definitely have it tested for lead before knocking off or pulling away the paint. The it's stripper time: lots of drop cloths, lots of stripper and lots of work.

  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Oct 12, 2017

    Here's an article with all of the steps for painting but Step #3 - using paste paint remover is what you want. I looked up paste paint remover too because I've never heard of it. It's the second link.


    http://homeguides.sfgate.com/refinish-copper-tin-ceiling-28157.html


    https://www.google.com/search?q=paste+paint+remover&ie=&oe=


    Good luck

  • Sharon Sharon on Oct 12, 2017

    You would have to use a stripper, and probably a brush.

  • Joseph Glackin Joseph Glackin on Oct 12, 2017

    Lead based paint is almost a given. Stripper or a pressure washer might do. If you get lucky and can remove the pieces, try boiling them. Lots of ventilation, an masks, for sure.

  • Castrang17 Castrang17 on Oct 12, 2017

    A tin ceiling, what a treasure! Yes, strip and remove the paint carefully. Check will a paint professional, as to the tin ceiling, a coating (after stripping) can be applied to seal it and preserve it.

  • Maggie_May_513 Maggie_May_513 on Oct 16, 2017

    Thank you everyone for your help...At this time stripping would be too much work.. I called a professional stripper and he wanted $4800. to strip 3 rooms..2 of which are small.. I have a small bedroom, a bathroom and the dining room... So I guess I will live with it for awhile... Thanks again and God Bless

  • Robert Robert on Aug 17, 2019

    I found a good solution if the tiles have been removed from the ceiling.

    I took an old oil tank (an old bathtub would also work.

    I filled it with water and put 4 kilos of baking soda.

    I used 2 propane heaters to bring water to boil. After putting in tiles and boiling for about half an hour, I pressure washed them

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  • Robert Robert on Aug 17, 2019

    Here are the results

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 19, 2024

    Maybe you could have them taken down, or board over them, or add wooden trellis or wire netting/chicken wire to the ceiling and spraypaint over everything, so you don't notice the bits that are damaged anymore

  • Betsy Betsy on Jan 19, 2024

    Hello Hum: This site, and the ones below it, are very helpful and should give you some guidance. how to remove paint from tin ceiling - Visicom Video Search Results (yahoo.com)