Painting wood fiber ceiling tiles

So im buying and remodeling a 100yr old farm house but it has ceiling tiles in the living room that are tinted yellow from cig smoke. They are wood fiber tongue and grove squares about 12 x12in and they REALLY soak up the primer. Just wondering if anyone has had success in painting something like this. Just want a clean white ceiling not a nicotine pad.

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  • Geeswonderland Geeswonderland on Apr 26, 2018

    Try killz ceiling paint

  • Ken Ken on Apr 26, 2018

    You are doing the right thing.

    Besides prime and paint you could cover with a stick-on ceiling tile. They now make tiles that will look like stamped metal or foam tiles that will give a great new look.

    Lastly, you could remove the tile and any layers above it, install drywall, and paint the ceiling. Lots more work, but I like knowing that everything is back to new condition with nothing hidden.

  • Archie Archie on Apr 26, 2018

    Or replace them.

  • Lisa S. Lisa S. on Apr 26, 2018

    I have painted old asbestos ceiling tiles. Lots of primer, then enamel is what I used. Covered the yellow smoke.

  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on Apr 26, 2018

    Paint with Zinsser Bullseye 1-2-3 or Kilz primer and then use ceiling paint to cover. You can buy ceiling paint that has color in it as you paint but it dries white. This helps you to see where you have painted.

  • Dawn Roseberry Machgan Dawn Roseberry Machgan on Apr 26, 2018

    Painting with a product like Kilz will keep the blocks from soaking up your top coat of paint.