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Old 05-15-2019, 02:29 PM   #1
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Hey guys, contractor wants me to paint a few offices for him and that will include the t-bar ceiling. The ceiling tiles and grid have never been painted and he would like them all black.
What’s the best approach? I was hoping to spray everything in place.
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Old 05-15-2019, 06:37 PM   #2
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Not so good of an idea. What happens when they need access to the ceiling to run wire or cable or whatever, lifting will tear the hell out of the tile where it meets the grid.
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We used to cut and roll them every lease we did at the first company I worked for. Brushman is right about the tiles getting tore up (most) anytime you life them. The contractor probably doesn't care so, if everything above ceiling has been done, go ahead and spray away.
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Agree with Brushman, probably not the best plan. The best solution is to paint the t-grid and the tiles separately.
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Meh. I'd mention the pitfalls, note it in the paperwork, and spray away. Odds are the next tenant will spend another couple 100K on renovations before you know it.

A TI is a bit different then someone's basement. Most new businesses go kaput sooner rather than later, and the place ends up gutted anyway.
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We raise one side of the tile with stick pins to eliminate the problem of them sticking. Just push up one side and put a stick pin in between the tile and the track, then just spray away. Unpainted ceiling tiles will stuck up lots of paint. You may need to spray them a few directions as well to fill all those holes.
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Great feedback guys. What products have you had success with for this application?
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Great feedback guys. What products have you had success with for this application?
A couple light coats of BM Super Spec Flat should do it. It's not like it has to go on very thick. I wouldn't worry about it..

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Great feedback guys. What products have you had success with for this application?
Just as FBK mentioned, the ceiling can be sprayed without the tiles sticking to the T-Bar. The last suspended ceiling I sprayed had vinyl faced tiles. I believe I used either PPG Pitt Tech Plus, or BM Regal Pearl. I can't remember, but it was pretty easy. The job was in a lab and I just left the tiles rest on the T-Bar. I placed woven spray booth filters over the exhaust and supply registers, but that was probably unnecessary. More time went into draping plastic than anything else.
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