Posted by Neil_PA on February 13, 2000 at 08:36:55:
If you paint the tiles while they are in the grid you will end up making a mess because they will stick to the grid, and you will lose the acoustic absorption qualities. I just replaced a drop cieling in a rental. I threw out the old tiles and painted the metal gridwork with a roller. A 12’ X 60’area took less than one hour. Unfortunately there was so much smoke damage that I had to apply a second coat I bought new tiles at Home Depot for .25/sq ft. I supplied the labor so I didn’t have to come out of pocket for that expense. Just thought I’d submit another option for your consideration.