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Old 05-27-2008, 11:35 AM   #1
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An old leak (long story) has discolored a portion of the ceiling around the
front AC.

Can anyone suggest something to use to paint/dye the area. I'm thinking of
masking off a strip clear across the ceiling. Haven't tried "cleaning" it for
fear of making it worse.

Any suggestions appreciated.

Thanks,

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Vacationing back home in Calif
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Old 05-27-2008, 11:35 AM   #2
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An old leak (long story) has discolored a portion of the ceiling around the
front AC.

Can anyone suggest something to use to paint/dye the area. I'm thinking of
masking off a strip clear across the ceiling. Haven't tried "cleaning" it for
fear of making it worse.

Any suggestions appreciated.

Thanks,

Jim
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Old 05-27-2008, 11:59 AM   #3
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You should try cleaning it with warm soap and water. Some of these sealings are made of a man made product from recycled plastic bottles.
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Old 05-27-2008, 01:23 PM   #4
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Try one of the oxy-clean products. You may not have to paint.

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Old 05-28-2008, 12:53 PM   #5
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Well, we tried cleaning it in two small places. It made it much worse. Like something had bled through. I'm gonna mask it off and use some spray die/paint and try to get it close. If I can't get it close, I'll tu-tone it.

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Old 05-29-2008, 05:14 PM   #6
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Ask a real paint store (specialty) your question. They have products to restore the original look to most ceiling types.
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Old 06-06-2008, 02:39 PM   #7
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I remember many years ago when I was restoring an old car I bought some spray can carpet dye from J.C. Whitney. I used it on headliners and floor mats. I liked that stuff so much that I used it on many different projects with great success. I wonder if you can find something like that? It was available in light beige, light gray (almost white), blue, brown and black.
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Old 06-06-2008, 05:49 PM   #8
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content"><span class="ev_code_RED">I remember many years ago when I was restoring an old car I bought some spray can carpet dye from J.C. Whitney. I used it on headliners and floor mats. I liked that stuff so much that I used it on many different projects with great success. I wonder if you can find something like that? It was available in light beige, light gray (almost white), blue, brown and black.</span> </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Thanks a lot. I'll give them a check. I expect they are on line. They've been around a couple of weeks (smile).

We were able to wash it a bit and a lot of the darker stuff came out. Still needs more work.

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If you can't get it to clean out, Kilz is a white primer/sealer that might work.

It is really good at preventing stains from bleeding through, and is often used on smoke damage and water damage/stains.

Kilz makes a spray can called Upshot that is designed to spray upward, and is colored to attempt to match aged ceiling tiles, and is intended specifically for spot spraying stains on ceilings.

I think you would be very lucky if it matched well enough that you could blend it in and not have to paint the whole ceiling.

If you did have to paint the whole thing, Kilz 2 is a water based/latex sealer primer that I really like. It seems to seal stains well, but is easier to clean up than the original Kilz, or Kilz odorless, which are oil based...
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">If you can't get it to clean out, Kilz is a white primer/sealer that might work.

It is really good at preventing stains from bleeding through, and is often used on smoke damage.

Kilz makes a spray can called Upshot that is designed to spray upward, and is colored to match aged ceiling tiles. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Thanks, Jeff, but where did the "tiles" from from? The ceiling on my '99 TW is fabric.

If I can't get a close enough match, I just may get a contrasting color and put an 8' band across the ceiling. Who says you can't tu-tone (smile).

Off-hand, do you know where I can get the product?

Thanks again,

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I just meant that the product was designed to match that flat almost-pure white color on acustic ceiling tiles, which I think is close to the color of the ceiling on my 5th wheel.

Home improvement and/or hardware stores may carry the stuff.
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