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    1. Yes. It can be scraped off. Of course its a messy and time consuming process but the results turn out well usually!

  1. I have cracked ceiling tiles. It,looks like the top layer is peeling. Does anyone have a suggestion as to how to repair it
    Thank you,

    1. Hi Brenda,

      You may be able to add a texture over your entire ceiling to ‘seal’ the cracking (if you can repair it first that’s better). You may be able to just paint it and the paint will seal small cracks up pretty well. The thicker ceiling paint is great at covering up small cracks and crevices.


  2. I have painted quite a few ceilings with water spots. Kilz will not cover water spots; they bleed through. To keep water spots from bleeding through primer and paint first spry the spot the with CHEAP aerosal hairspray then prime and paint. Water spot will not bleed through anymore.

  3. I am told by my neighbor who is a painter of 35yrs, use a lambswool roller. This type will not spray the little dots of paint every where while rolling. Its true, he has done my ceilings with very little room prep and the roller did not spray paint on anything.

  4. I have a question. I have an old Mobile Home with a Swamp Cooler. Around the Swamp Cooler where cool moist air is impacting some portions of the Ceiling Tile, I am wondering what type of spray paint to use to cover the places where the white paint on the tiles have vacuumed off (after letting the tiles dry out). I was told by a handyman, that you have to let the ceiling tiles “breathe” if they are to come in contact with moisture. Anyone have any experience with this?

    1. Hi Leela,

      I know I’ve answered this comment before but my commenting system in on the fritz so I’m answering it again, sorry. You should have received an email with my first answer. I’m from the east coast so I’m not familiar with swamp coolers but we always use Kilz to paint our ceilings. Yes, technically you do need the ceiling to ‘breath’ but I doubt a layer or two of paint will cause an issue.

      Best of luck!

  5. Is Zinsser 123 Primer just as good for on paneling in a 1973 mobile home? If not, what is the difference between them?

    1. Hi Sherrie,

      Zinsser is a very good primer from what I hear. You should have no problem, just make sure you clean the walls well before you prime or paint. Best of luck!

    2. Here is a tip for those who have popcorn ceilings that are stained or yellowed from cigarette smoke who want nice, white ceilings again.
      And you wont even have to paint them. And you’ll spend a fraction of the money and takes only minutes. Use H2O2 and a pump sprayer.

      I am a retired, 40 year veteran of the restoration business. I have done thousands of water, fire, soot and smoke damage restoration jobs so I know that this works and works well.

      Simply go to your local CVS, or Walmart and buy a many brown bottles of 3% Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) as you might need and pour them in a new, 1 gallon pump sprayer. Using circular motion and overlapping by 15% start spraying starting in a corner and work your way towards the doorway out. Do not soak the ceiling. Just get it covered and move at a steady pace. Not fast, but not slow neither. By the next day you will have nice, white ceilings again. Don’t forget to cover your floor and furnishings.

      1. Thank you so much, Richard! I added this to the article so no one would miss it. I’d never heard of it before but I know H202 is a whitener. Thanks so much!

  6. Thanks y’all for the tips, especially the hair spray tip. I can’t rid of the stain even after the Kilz. I have done the whole ceiling in Kilz and it looks great except that spot. I hope it works on that spot after the Kilz.

  7. Years ago I bought an old 1950’s mobile home from an acquaintance of mine. The home had been left for decades abandoned in a field so of course the roof had leaked and there were unsightly water stains on the ceiling. I put 9 coats of Kilz on one of the stains and it still bled through when I painted. A part-time employee at Lowes (associate by day; band member by night) told me to get the cheapest aerosol hairspray I could find (think Aqua-net) and spray the spot with that then put a coat of Kilz and then a coat of paint. Worked like a charm! He said to always spray the hairspray on first and I could save a fortune on Kilz. I have used this technique many times since and have shared this secret many times over the years and it works every time.

  8. An inexpensive alternative to a stain blocking primer is old fashioned shellac. It comes in both clear (“white”) and amber; either works very well and both paint and wallpaper adhere well to it.

  9. Thanks for sharing this informative post. Stained ceiling is not good to look at and it will really be important to know the techniques and useful tools to get rid of imperfections that affect the entire look of your home. Some DIY techniques work and you may even be surprised to see how you can do a lot without mess by simply choosing the right tools.