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How to Cover Over a Water Stain on a Ceiling

By: Danny Lipford
Water stain on ceiling caused by roof leak.

Water stain on ceiling caused by roof leak.

Water stains on a ceiling are usually caused by roof or plumbing leaks. Follow these steps when covering over a water stain on your ceiling:

  1. Start by finding the cause of the leak, and repairing the problem to prevent damage in the future.
  2. Purchase a spray can of stain blocking primer or sealer.
  3. Spray cans work better than a brush, especially on popcorn or textured ceilings.
  4. Apply a light coat of the stain blocking primer over the stain to cover it while avoiding dripping.
  5. If the primer doesn’t match the color of the ceiling, you may need to paint the entire ceiling once the primer has dried.

Watch this video to find out more.

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  • Says:
    May 31st, 2019 at 5:36 am

    Great info. Lucky mee I found your site by accident (stumbleupon).
    I have book marked it for later!

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    Thomas Boni Says:
    March 4th, 2019 at 9:11 am

    Hi, Barbara!
    We recommend painting with a heavy nap roller (three-quarter-inch or better).
    Good luck!

  • Barbara Says:
    February 22nd, 2019 at 9:53 am

    Hi…I have a mini home with vinyl on all the walls .over the years they have some nicks and a dent that’s in need of repair.. the walls seem textured feel all painted in ok greens and browns when I take on the job of poly filling and sanding, I think there will be a noticeable area where it was repaired after painting because the fill will be sanded and smooth as opposed the rest of the painted vinyl walls Is there a paint on the market to fit this? Thanks Barbara

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    Thomas Boni Says:
    November 6th, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    Hi, Franci!
    We recommend submitting questions involving unique situations like yours to the Today’s Homeowner Radio Show.
    Please use this form to contact Danny Lipford, America’s Home Expert, directly:
    Take care!

  • Franci Filskov Says:
    November 6th, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    I recently found that the ceiling above bath tub has a wet kind of soggy area. Went on roof and found (hopefully) the reason for leak. Sealed it already, and it has been drying out now for about a week. What should the next step be? I have been told to cut out the wet area and then mud over possibly? I honestly don’t know what to do and am trying to fix myself at a reasonable price. Am a single mom trying to fix the issue. Please any advice helps?

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    Thomas Boni Says:
    May 11th, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    Hi, Sue,
    Can you please elaborate — what kind of fabric is this? And where is it located?

  • sue Says:
    May 3rd, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    water has stained the fabric in my motor home. is there any way to remove it? Thank you

  • Mark Says:
    November 20th, 2017 at 5:49 am

    Thanks for this. Never knew there was such a thing as a Stain Sealer spray.

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    June 29th, 2017 at 10:48 am

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  • Lorie Morton Says:
    June 29th, 2017 at 7:31 am

    I had entered for the back yard patio make over sometime back. Was wondering had someone been chosen yet. Thanks

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    September 15th, 2012 at 8:12 pm

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How to Cover Over a Water Stain on a Ceiling