Rain, rain, go away – never come back at all, right? Despite having four walls around you and a roof over your head, the rain can still be a pesky problem especially if all that water seeps into your fortifications. Water is patient and will eventually find its way through the smallest cracks and holes. Once it gets in, it can stain your ceilings and walls with unsightly brown splotches. These “pools” or “rings” are a combination of water and rust should be taken care off immediately before the problem gets worse and to prevent them from ruining the house’s aesthetic. Here is how to cover up water stains on your ceiling and walls:
- Using sealer, paint and primer. The most common way of dealing with water stains is to cover them with some sort of sealer and primer first and then with a fresh coat of paint. Stains like this cannot be cleaned up and removed completely, only treated superficially. You will want to get the same color of paint as the affected area if you do not want to ruin the look of your ceiling, otherwise, any color of paint should do. Use your favorite brand of paint to do spot work or to revamp your walls and ceiling if you wish. White gloss paint for white walls seems to work.
- Kilz. One product supported by the majority for covering up water stains on ceilings and walls is Kilz. Backed by Masterchem Industries, Kilz brand paints and primers are high quality products and the best at fighting those darn brown spots. There are a variety of products that can be used on both interiors and exteriors and come in water or oil bases. For covering up stains, use one of their many primer products to prep the area first before applying their paints.
- Fortifying your roof and prevention. What you really need to do to prevent your walls from staining in the first place is to repaint and repair your exteriors so that water cannot get in. Doing this regularly ensures that your house is protected from corrosion and rust and can withstand strong storms and lots of rainfall. Also, leaky plumbing and pipes can also cause water stains so make sure you have your system checked every so often to maintain things. Figure out whether your problem is external or internal and solve it immediately.
Really, you can cover up the water stains with as much primer and paint as you want, but if you do not nip the problem in the bud right away (i.e. making sure water stops seeping into the fixtures), it will all be in vain. Remember, if you are too late, you might have to do more than simply cover up a stain. You might have to replace everything.
Covering up water stains on your ceiling and walls might be a simple enough task but always remember that this is a sign of a more serious problem. Make sure you get to the root cause of your problems to make it go away completely.