Painting Over an Asbestos Ceiling?

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If your ceiling is undamaged, you might be able to encapsulate the asbestos by painting. This is a page about painting over an asbestos ceiling.


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April 18, 2005

I recently painted my asbestos ceiling with silver paint (usually used for aluminum). The result was a patchy multi toned deep silver coloured ceiling that made my room look dark. I'd like to paint it over with an emulsion gloss. Do I need to sandpaper it or use a primer first?

Pam in Malaysia


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April 20, 20050 found this helpful
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Don't sand it! That is one of the worst things you can do. And don't tear it down. The more you paint it the better. That way you seal the asbestos particles in. Nell

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April 18, 20050 found this helpful

If it really is asbestos, DON'T SAND IT!!! That will release asbestos particles into the air and you will breathe it in.


The best thing would be to just paint over what you already have and further contain the asbestos.

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By Pam (Guest Post)
April 21, 20050 found this helpful

Thanks heaps for your prompt replies as well as saving my life! Actually painted over the silver celiling with a gloss emulsion paint. Needed a couple of coats, but it worked and the paint is even :)

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