Tin ceiling in a bathroom — My Old House Online

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tin ceiling in a bathroom

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I have no real answer to the best way to seal tin panels to make them water proof in a bathroom. I think you are asking for trouble.

The primer is to get the paint to stick to the aluminum, aluminum has unique properties, and it will work best with an aluminum primer. The base paint is just part of the antiqueing, a base color followed by a rubbed on and off complimentary color. A poly on top is a good idea. Yes the tin ceiling treatment may well be a regional thing. There are a lot of old commercial buildings in our down-town, with tin ceilings, but I have never seen original tin in a house in this area. I have to say that there aren’t too many houses still standing here from 1882, lots from 1900-on, but not too many that old. Too many fires and demolitions I’m afraid.

Don and others -

My experience in Oswego, NY is completely different than Don’s. I have heard over the years people who have said that tin ceilings were rarely used in residences. Phil (a contributor to this board) noted how he had one in his house as did a neighbor of his. Well, me too. I suspect there was huge regional variability. I live in Oswego, NY. Three years ago, I owned a small, 1300 sqaure foot 19th century house had an intact tin ceiling that I uncovered that is now restored and beutifully displayed. My neighbor, directly across the street, had a tin ceiling in HIS kitchen. All orginal. We lived in a middle class neighborhood.

Just up the road, about two blocks, when I was looking to buy a house 3 years ago, I went into an 1860s Italianate. It has a HUGEand BEAUTIFUL tin celing that was put up at some point in the homes history. but quite long ago as the pattern is extremely old and Ornate.

Just 5 miles down the road, at an old victorian farmhouse, that now is an antique shop, they not only have Tin ceilings and cornices, but also tin wainscoting. And it is all orginal to the house — the owner did not retrofit them. These things are ALL OVER upstate NY.

Ive seen so many tin ceilings in Upstate NY and every one is different. MANY are in residences.

Tin ceilings in Upstate NY were not that rare. In these parts, most are painted white or some old off white. They are not plaster. They were a cheap way to deal with a bad plaster ceiling or simulate plaster decorative work.

If you have a victorian home, I would say it is historically correct to place them in residences.

Tin ceiling in a bathroom - My Old House Online

I see that this thread is ancient but just wanted to chime in. We have an original tin ceiling in our bathroom. It is covered with paint and we do have issues with rust every couple of years. The bathroom is not ventilated other than a window and receives daily use. I’m torn as to what to do with this ceiling as I simply can’t keep covering it with paint forever.

Can I go over the layers and layers of latex with oil based paint?

I don’t think oil over latex ever works but I’ll let someone else claim expertise in that respect.

It’s not likely your tin ceiling is original if you’re speaking of your avatar house; so I’d investigate that and consider removing the tin tiles.  If you like the look you might consider plastic replacements (though I never would).

Pressed tin ceilings were originally conceived as a low cost replacement for molded plaster and marketed as ‘fireproof’.  That’s why tin ceilings were used most often in commercial buildings and kitchens.  Unfortunately, tin’s melting point is so low that it’s fairly useless as a fireproofing material.


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