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Old 08-21-2011, 08:28 PM   #1
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i have a job starting next week where ill have to paint a drop ceiling grid among other things. the ceiling is in a working commercial kitchen and the tiles can be removed while we work but the grid cannot. the grid that will be painted is quite large (about 1200 sq ft) and im wondering what the best approach to application would be. i assume spraying would be a little wasteful because we'll just be painting the 3/4 inch grid across the entire kitchen. if anyone has done this before i would appreciate any tips on how to get it done quickest. thanks

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Old 08-21-2011, 08:30 PM   #2
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How about a mini roller?

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If it is NC and you won't have to cover stuff up I would rather waste a little material for time by spraying it. If it is occupied I guess a couple coats with a mini roller.
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thats the way im leaning right now but im worried about any texture over the factory finish. the client is extremely picky. and im not sure how a foam or super short nap roller would apply the dtm.
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I have had to do this before. Depending on the type of tiles, they could eat a ton of paint. The grids will have to be degreased and scuffed and the mini roller mentioned above will be your most cost efficient option.

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only the grid is getting paint. for some reason they want the tiles kept clean
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only the grid is getting paint. for some reason they want the tiles kept clean
Bust out the proshot fine finish and spray the grid before the tiles are in. Like I said I would rather use an extra little material if it saves me time.
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ill be covering everything in the kitchen completely sealed anyway because the maintenance head is worried about the pregnant women 2 floors up but i think spraying in this instance could be more of a pain than a good thing
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oh and its an after hours job so the office building is empty, with the exception of the kitchen, maintenance and security crews. but hes still worried about the pregnant workers
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Hope you billed appropriately for the tile removal and reinstall. That is such a tedious pita that i made the mistake of overlooking on the first grid job I did back in the day...
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Don't spray it.

They will complain and that will give them more ammunition.

Degrease, wipe with denatured alcohol, and use a low voc.
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ya i was worried about the amount of grease on the metal too. some areas look really bad
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thats precisely why i dont want to spray because of worries that theyll find any reason to complain. weve done work for them for about a year now and i dont want to risk losing their business
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thats precisely why i dont want to spray because of worries that theyll find any reason to complain. weve done work for them for about a year now and i dont want to risk losing their business
Then roll it and bill accordingly. My thing is I want to get in and out.
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Clean and roll with a low voc. Easy.
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okay thanks guys. we'll prob end up going with the mini roller and waste a whole bunch of time doing prep. thanks for the input
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okay thanks guys. we'll prob end up going with the mini roller and waste a whole bunch of time doing prep. thanks for the input

It's not a waste if you charged enough to do the job correctly.
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What kind of tiles are they? What color are you painting the grid? Clean them if they are dirty. I recently used DTM acrylic on grids that were fitted for 2x2 maple wood tiles. I painted 6107 sg over factory white. I found the mini roller was not as effective as you may think. It tended to not roll and smear then build up on the edges. Where we rolled we back brushed. Second coat was just brushed. Also depending on what kind of tiles will be set in them, the maple wood tiles actually covered some of the grid so only the middle portions were actually seen.

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