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    Default Need Help Identifying Ceiling Tiles

    DIY.. Please help me to identify these ceiling tiles. I can not figure out the material or where they came from. The house was built in 1960. Nothing about this house is normal. I promise. These tiles are straw-like 8 inches thick by 4W x 8L. Tried painting them but it keeps absorbing the primer as well as paint. Could they also comprised of asbestos?

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    Default Re: Need Help Identifying Ceiling Tiles

    Likely not asbestos. That would be a compressed organic mulch tile, like ten test with asbestos fiber mixed in during manufacturing.

    As for painting, spray on a primer first. Then spray on paint.
    Adjust the viscosity then use a thin mist.
    Adjust the spray nasal on a the back of a substrate or the back of a panel.


    An 8" thick ceiling tile would be used for sound proofing.
    Did you lift off a tile to look at the core?

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    Default Re: Need Help Identifying Ceiling Tiles

    Quote Originally Posted by ROBERT YOUNG View Post
    Likely not asbestos. That would be a compressed organic mulch tile, like ten test with asbestos fiber mixed in during manufacturing.

    As for painting, spray on a primer first. Then spray on paint.
    Adjust the viscosity then use a thin mist.
    Adjust the spray nasal on a the back of a substrate or the back of a panel.


    An 8" thick ceiling tile would be used for sound proofing.
    Did you lift off a tile to look at the core?
    They are sheets that are 4 feet by 8 feet so lifting one would not be easy. When looking at the layers through a cut out portion it looks like pressed wood chips and the facing is strands of straw like material. When you cut into it, it is like cutting into wood. It produces sawdust and wood chips. They just lay across the 2 by 12 beams. I did use Sherwin Williams best primer and still had the issues with disappearing paint. It reminded of an episode on Green Acres..... I am going to try your spray method with my fourth application of paint.... Hopefully it will look like I painted. I just want to know what is this ceiling? You are right about sound proofing. I have a tin roof and you can hear the rainfall. Thank you so much for your help.


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    Default Re: Need Help Identifying Ceiling Tiles

    Quote Originally Posted by Kat Klein View Post
    DIY.. Please help me to identify these ceiling tiles. I can not figure out the material or where they came from. The house was built in 1960. Nothing about this house is normal. I promise. These tiles are straw-like 8 inches thick by 4W x 8L. Tried painting them but it keeps absorbing the primer as well as paint. Could they also comprised of asbestos?
    hey Kat
    that appears to be tectum material
    consult mfr & sw bulletin for further about painting...this is what we followed
    or feel free to contact me

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    Default Re: Need Help Identifying Ceiling Tiles

    Quote Originally Posted by BARRY ADAIR View Post
    hey Kat
    that appears to be tectum material
    consult mfr & sw bulletin for further about painting...this is what we followed
    or feel free to contact me
    Barry, with the information you provided, I now know where my ceiling comes from and what it is... Thank you so much for all the wonderful information. I have spent endless hours taking pictures to the local hardware and paint stores, trying to find this information. You are a lifesaver. Again, thank you.
    Kat


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    Default Re: Need Help Identifying Ceiling Tiles

    I agree that they are probably Tectum. This material was used primarily as roof sheathing in commercial buildings.


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    Default Re: Need Help Identifying Ceiling Tiles

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Reinmiller View Post
    I agree that they are probably Tectum. This material was used primarily as roof sheathing in commercial buildings.
    Mark, Thank you I appreciate your input. Everyone has been extremely helpful. And you guys are right about them. Again, thank you.
    Kat


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