Apart from adding style to a room, Styrofoam ceiling tiles are easy to install and virtually maintenance-free. Additionally, Styrofoam tiles arrive unfinished, which gives you the freedom to personalize your tiles. There are many home and business owners who choose to leave the tiles as they are, but there are others who prefer to paint them.
One of the benefits of Styrofoam tiles is that you can enjoy them as they are for a period of time, and if you ever get bored with the way they look, you can freshen things up with a coat of paint. If you do plan to paint your Styrofoam ceiling tiles, there are a few things you should keep in mind before starting the process.
Clean the surface
All surfaces gather dust, and your ceiling is no exception. Use a soft broom or brush to get rid of any dust. This is an essential step for when you want to prepare the area for paint.
Mask off your ceiling
Protect your walls and ensure a straight line between the ceiling and the walls by applying painter’s tape or masking tape around the edges. The idea here is to let the tape keep any excess paint from getting on parts of your ceilings and walls that you don’t want painted. While you’re at it, make sure that you cover furniture and any items that you are not able to remove from the room.
You will need to apply primer before painting the surface. Remember, since the tiles are made from polystyrene, it’s important that you use the appropriate products. In this case, you’ll want a water-based primer. Since harsh chemicals are absent in these products, it will ensure that the tiles are not damaged. If you are unsure about which products to use, ask your ceiling tile provider for professional advice. They might even be able to recommend specific brands.
When you are ready with the right primer, use a roller to apply the primer. You can also use a nylon paintbrush for all those areas you cannot reach with the roller. The brush is also handy when you need to get rid of drips where the primer might have been a bit too thick. Once you have applied primer to the surface, let it dry for two hours. If in doubt, wait a little bit longer before you proceed to paint. Don’t forget to wash the brush and roller thoroughly with water once you are done.
Once the primer is completely dry, it’s time to paint. Again, you will need a water-based paint so that the tiles are not damaged. You can apply the paint using the same method you used to apply the primer, with a roller to cover the majority of the surface, and a brush for the hard to reach areas. You want to make sure that you apply an even coat of paint across the entire ceiling. Once you are finished, you will need to let the ceiling dry for about two hours.
Remove the tape
Once the paint has dried, it’s time to gently remove the tape around the edges of the ceiling. You can also uncover your furniture and floor at this time. If you do notice any specks of paint on your wall unit or another item of furniture, it should be easy to clean using only water. The key is to clean it as soon as you notice it rather than waiting any longer.
With these tips in mind, you’re ready to personalize your Styrofoam ceiling tiles and get the ceiling of your dreams. When you need top quality Styrofoam ceiling tiles for a home or commercial renovation project, contact Talissa Décor at 1 (888) 717-8453. Our team will be more than happy to offer expert advice and detailed product information.