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fgunternahrer 10-12-2012 03:31 PM

need to smooth some stuff out
I bought a new house and it has 12" square cardboard fiber tile things for the ceiling. The ceiling was pretty much good except for a few bad tiles so i replaced those with some new ones i got at menards... they are both the same exact size and smooth no texture and look the exact same... the only problem is that the old ones are not AS smooth as the new ones if that makes any sense I painted them and the only time you can tell they are different tiles are if you stand at just the right angle with shadows just right but you can tell a difference so i am just wondering if there is something i can add to my paint to thicken it and make everything look good. Maybe adding some drywall mud to it or just watering down some mud a lot and putting on a very very light coat of that with a roller then repainting... Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks

joecaption 10-12-2012 05:12 PM

Post a picture.
I have not seen 12" X 12" accoustial tiles used in new constrution used since the 70's.

user1007 10-12-2012 06:25 PM

You sure anybody but you would notice? I hate to see you proceed with texturing those fiber tiles as you could end up with a worse looking situation than you have.

Did you paint with flat or something with sheen to it? The higher the sheen the more surface differences will show.

If you decide to texture you have many options. Take a look at some of the texture rollers for use with paint. You can use some with thinned drywall mud as well. Experiment on scraps first!

Gymschu 10-12-2012 08:09 PM

The problem with adding mud to tiles is that the mud, even if mixed with paint, takes longer to dry properly and that added moisture to the tiles will cause them to "bleed" through the mud/paint finish. It's not worth the extra effort IMO.

ToolSeeker 10-13-2012 12:54 PM

Would it help to just repaint ALL the tiles with a good flat paint so they all match?

fgunternahrer 10-13-2012 01:17 PM

i have repainted them all several times with a flat primer

ToolSeeker 10-14-2012 09:00 PM

Now that you have primed them try a good thick paint like a ben moore or sw go to either paint store not big box store and tell them your problem, take pic if you can they are there to solve these problems. If either one will give you a sample try painting 2 of the diff tiles that are side by side. If all you have used is primer remember primer is thinner than paint (it's supposed to be) and it does not cover like paint (it's not supposed to). Good luck keep us posted.

fgunternahrer 10-17-2012 05:12 PM

so i went to do it best and got a high hide flat white paint and put that on... it was like pudding haha not sure if it was supposed to be but i got it on... and then had my brother over to see if he could tell which tiles were old and which ones were new, he couldn't tell right away till i told him which ones to look at so i think i will call it good and put trim up. Thanks everyone for the great advice

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