If you’re ready to give your home a makeover we always recommend painting your mobile home ceiling first. It’s amazing how much a fresh coat of paint on a ceiling can change your entire home! Unfortunately, painting a mobile home ceiling is not a simple or easy project.
Some older mobile homes may have ceilings that have yellowed over time or sustained water damage. Water stains on mobile homes can be hard to cover. Oftentimes, you can paint over them but they tend to reappear after a few weeks. Learn more about the gypsum panels and mobile home ceilings here.
This article will help you understand what your mobile home ceiling is made of, how to paint the panels and cover those pesky water stains so they stay covered.
Knowing the Type of Stain is Important When Covering It
Before you can cover a ceiling stain you need to understand where the stain is coming from and repair the issue before it can be covered.
Location, shape, and color of the stain can help you determine the source of the issue.
Condensation water stains are typically in corners or around the exterior perimeter. They may have various shapes and sizes though they are typically much smaller and more numerous than a rain leak stain. They will have a white or light colored center. If you have a condensation issue in your mobile home attic you will probably need to add or repair your vapor barrier. If adding a vapor barrier is too difficult ( and it is) you can use an insulating primer on your ceiling panels to act as a mini-vapor barrier. Adding fans and vents to your attic space can also stop condensation stains on your ceiling.
Rain and Snow Leak Stains
A rain leak can be anywhere though common areas are around chimneys, walls, vent pipes, and light fixtures. In double wides, the marriage line is a common area for rain leaks. The Foremost Fix-It Guide says the stains tend to be “concentric rings which get progressively lighter as they move out. The center stain is dark because it is the oldest stain. Each “ring,” by the way is a separate occurrence.”
How to Cover Brown Water Stains on a Mobile Home Ceiling
Painting a mobile home ceiling isn’t easy and if your ceiling has water stains it can be even more difficult. This is because mobile home ceilings are made of a unique gypsum panel and once it gets wet it’s doesn’t accept paint as well. Using a sealer or primer will help.
Professional fire and water damage experts recommend using a a pigmented shellac like Kilz, XTM, or Bins to cover ceilings and walls that have extensive smoke odor. If it can seal odor from a fire it can surely seal a little water stain.
The market is filled with primers/stain blockers that all promise to get rid of that unsightly stain for you, but which ones really work? How can you be sure? The answer is simple, oil based. Oil-based primers/stain blockers are going to offer you the best results for covering up all those ugly, unsightly and embarrassing stains the first time around.
Primers can be any painters lifesaver. They provide a clean smooth uniform surface and stick to almost any surface you are prepping for paint.
Cover Ceiling Stains with Stain Blockers
Stain-blocking primers can be water or oil based. The oil-based primers and sealers are recommended most for water stains on mobile home ceilings. While they can have an unpleasant odor you can’t beat their ability to cover stains.
Water-based stain blocking primers are not recommended for problems like water damage. Instead, professionals like water-based products for ink, crayon, and scuff marks in general. However, it’s worth mentioning that water-based products have gotten a lot better in the last few years. Water-based primers are virtually odorless and can be cleaned up with water so it’s a lot easier to deal with.
A good quality oil based primer such as KILZ or Zinnser are excellent choices for covering existing water damage, nicotine, and smoke.