Here’s How to Paint Acoustic Ceiling Tiles in 6 Steps

Although acoustic ceiling tiles are a great way to reduce noise pollution, painting them is drab. 


There are tiles made of fiberglass that you shouldn’t even dream of painting whereas other tiles will do just fine. Don’t worry, this article will clear away all your doubts!


We’ll show you how to paint acoustic ceiling tiles in 6 easy steps. Moreover, we’ll also go over some things you have to keep in mind and give you a list of things you’ll need.


So what are you waiting for? Let’s jump right in.

Things you’ll need

Before we delve into the steps needed to paint your acoustic tiles, let’s take a look at the things we’ll be needing to get started.


  • Plastic wrap
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Wet cloth
  • Special paint for acoustic tiles
  • Roller of the right size
  • Paintbrush

Steps in Painting Acoustic Ceiling Tiles

Now that we have a hold of everything we’ll need, let’s take a look at all the steps involved in the process. 


Step 0: Wear Protective Gear

First things first! Anytime you decide to do a paint job, don’t even start unless you have all the protective gear you need.


Now you may think we’re overstressing on this and you’ll be fine without it. But here’s the deal. Paint releases toxic fumes that are super harmful to your health. Inhaling these fumes can result in a number of ailments.


So make sure you have gloves and a mask specially made to combat paint fumes. If not, you know the first thing you have to buy.

Step 1: Prep The Area

Before you start, prep the area by covering any exposed surface in plastic wraps. This will make sure that any stray paint doesn’t ruin your favorite furniture.

Step 2: Uninstall the Ceiling Pieces

Since acoustic ceiling tiles are installed on your regular ceiling, remove a few pieces at once.


Don’t remove the whole thing to paint. This will make your job way harder since you won’t remember which tile will fit where.


Instead, remove a few pieces carefully and take note of any corner tiles so that you can put them back easily where they belong.

Step 3: Clean The Tiles

Now that you’ve removed a few pieces of the tiles, take a vacuum cleaner and clean away all the dust and grime that’s collected. You can also do this with a dry brush but a vacuum cleaner will do the job easily without a mess.


Once you’ve cleaned all the loose dust, take a wet cloth next and wipe away all the tough dirt. This will make your tiles squeaky clean so that the paint sits well on your acoustic tiles.

Step 4: Paint the Tiles


Now coming to the best part. Before you paint the tiles, you must keep a few things in mind. Unlike a regular paint job, you can’t use a primer and normal coats of paint to give your tiles a lovely finish.


Using a primer and normal paint will defy the whole purpose of having an acoustic ceiling. Why? It’s because you’ll have to bid farewell to the sound-absorbing capacity of these tiles.


If you want to make the pain job as professional as possible, we recommend you to invest in paint specially formulated for acoustic ceiling tiles. Yes, they exist!


Although a regular can of paint may come cheaper, using special paint will ensure that your acoustic tile’s performance is top-notch.


Take a roller that is not too big and fits the size of your tiles. Don’t forget to get a board where you can pour your paint on an even flat surface so that you get the smoothest application. 


How To Paint the Tiles?

Dip your roller in your paint board and carefully start painting the tiles. Start from one corner and try not to layer the paint on too thickly. If any area remains sparse, we can always come back to it later.


When painting with a roller, press down the roller firmly but don’t use excessive force. This will make sure that you don’t damage your precious tiles.


Next, take a paintbrush and paint any exposed edges of the tiles. Using a brush will give you the best precision and control. 


Painting the tiles is easy. But making sure you don’t disturb the topcoat? Now that’s the real challenge. 


To do this, tilt your tiles on the wall in a well-ventilated room so that they dry easily. 


Note the instructions on your can, and let them dry accordingly. No need to rush!


Step 5: Clean Your Ceiling

If you’re worried about waiting for 3-4 hours then we have a task for you. Once you’ve uninstalled the acoustic tiles, you may find a lot of accumulated dirt on the support structure of your tiles.


Utilize this time by taking your handy vacuum cleaner and wet cloth to clean the ceiling. This will let your tiles sit well and keep your home clean.


Step 6: Put the Tiles Back Together

Once the tiles have dried and you’ve cleaned the support structure, it’s time to assemble the whole thing back together.


Take your tiles one by one and set them back in position. It’s best if you mark your tiles before painting them. This way, reassembling them will be a breeze.


Be careful to handle your freshly painted tiles carefully. You don’t want to scrape off any paint or damage any tiles while reinstalling them.

Bottom Line

Voila! We’re done. Did you expect more steps? Well sorry to say buddy, but painting acoustic tiles is just that easy. If you keep a few things in mind, you won’t need to spend bucks on hiring a professional.


We hope this article gave you a clear picture of how to paint acoustic tiles. Do you have acoustic tiles in your home? Have you tried painting them?


Tell us about your experience and any tips that we may have missed. We’d love to hear from you. Until then, stay happy and healthy!