Painting suspended / drop ceiling

boeriebuffet

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Hi guys, I need to have the ceiling of a retail store painted, the style of the suspended ceiling makes the space look like an office. Initially I was going to buy a 20l bucket of White Plascon PVA paint and go crazy on the ceiling but after a few google searches and youtube videos it seems one must be careful with painting these suspended / drop ceilings.

There are some companies who advertise that they spray these ceilings so that the ceiling tiles "maintain their acoustic properties" and you are "still able to lift the tiles should access to the inner ceiling be needed" but they don't seem to be in Cape Town and I didn't really add lots in the budget for this job (thought it was going to be quick and easy).

Is there anybody with some experience with this who can offer advice? :erm:

P.s. I've seen popular stores such as Musica and Jet with exactly the same ceiling painted plain black and white.
 

upup

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you can remove the panels and paint them and put back.

You get a non drip paint that can also work.
 

D tj

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The ceiling tiles in the pic are almost certaily vinyl faced with a silver foil backing....the paint may noy "take" without a special undercoat/primer.
 

boeriebuffet

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The ceiling tiles in the pic are almost certaily vinyl faced with a silver foil backing....the paint may noy "take" without a special undercoat/primer.
Thanks for the name, after searching it on google I saw a tile from a supplier called Pelican Systems which seems to have a similar design. On that site it is referred to as "Gypsum core with Vinyl face". Still don't know what to do about the paint though, do you have any experience with painting these?
 

Daruk

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Thanks for the name, after searching it on google I saw a tile from a supplier called Pelican Systems which seems to have a similar design. On that site it is referred to as "Gypsum core with Vinyl face". Still don't know what to do about the paint though, do you have any experience with painting these?
Yes, that's basically drywalling between two pieces of vinyl. There are plenty of spray options available with some being better than others, unfortunately mostly expensive. You might want to consider hiring a compressor based system and a spraypainter for the day and get the paint in bulk - talk to any panelbeater shop about what you're trying to achieve - they should know what works and what doesn't. You'll need an all purpose primer and your colour of choice for topcoat. As long as it's an undercoat that takes to vinyl, you're sorted. I would advertise for the services of a spraypainter for a couple of days. He can just line the ones you want painted up nicely and go for it. Two days work should cut it.
 

D tj

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Unlimited Building Supplies> UBSS 021-5108462 /5112121 Vtrekker Rd in Maitland stock these, +- R 40/tile
 
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