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Here's the ceiling of our 1/4 bath. It seems to be made of 12" tiles of some sort of fibrous material (I probably don't want to know what). I assume I should tape the joint between wall and ceiling, but what about those thin cracks between the tiles? Amazingly, my spousal critter never seems to have noticed them before yesterday, when we were talking about the painting to be done after I skim the walls, but now that her attention has been drawn to them, "we" don't want them to reappear in the future. I'm suspicious that they will come back if I just paint over them, so does that mean I should tape the whole grid and skim the ceiling, too?
 

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I would cover it with a sheet of drywall, if that's a paper product it is not fire safe.
 

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That's a good point. I just tested a tiny scrap of the material, and it is burnable, which is good, since I was concerned that it might be asbestos.

I was going to object that the 1/4 bath would be my last bet on a room to have a fire, but my kid does use a hair-straightening iron in there occasionally. OTOH, there's nothing above it but a small crawl space that is only over the bathroom, so a fire in that room isn't going to be much more dangerous if it does or doesn't burn through the ceiling, in my non-expert opinion. Putting a smoke alarm in that space might be wise, though. Every other room has a door or a large window opening onto the low deck around the house, so as long as you're conscious, getting out would be pretty easy.

It's the basement bathroom in which I would fear a persistent fire, since that might trap someone in the room down the hall beyond it, although in principle anyone in average-or-better condition could get out of that room through a ground-level window.
 

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I am sure they consider all the pro and cons before they say 1/2" for ceilings is not enough and call for fire rated 5/8 drywall.

What you have looks like the drop in panels from a T bar ceiling.
 

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Here's the ceiling of our 1/4 bath. It seems to be made of 12" tiles of some sort of fibrous material (I probably don't want to know what). I assume I should tape the joint between wall and ceiling, but what about those thin cracks between the tiles? Amazingly, my spousal critter never seems to have noticed them before yesterday, when we were talking about the painting to be done after I skim the walls, but now that her attention has been drawn to them, "we" don't want them to reappear in the future. I'm suspicious that they will come back if I just paint over them, so does that mean I should tape the whole grid and skim the ceiling, too?
In a home, ceiling panels--much like fake wood paneling--are installed to cover something unpleasant. I'd rip them down first and then drywall the ceiling properly.
 

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Use cracks filler material ( it's available in paste form in 1kg etc packaging apply it after making grove of about 5–8 mm and remove all loose particles as well dust. Apply POP and paint the surface.
 
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