Here’s A quick Way To Fix Water Stains

Water Stains. Everyone has some sooner or later. Usually on the ceiling and this is a common time of the year (February) to notice one. They can be caused from several different problems. A leaky roof or ceiling vent. Condensation problems, plumbing or venting issues, etc.

Once you have identified the cause of the problem and corrected it, it is time to fix that unsightly stain. You want to make sure the stain area is dry and that there is no damage to the drywall or as the case might be, the plaster. If the area is dry and undamaged, you will want to protect the area (floor) or surrounding wall from over-spray. The best sealer to use is BIN.
BIN sealer








I like to spray two to three light coats over the stained area, making sure each coat is dry before respraying. If you happen to have left over or know the correct ceiling paint (If it has been painted) you can repaint only that small area. If you don’t know if it has been painted or don’t have any leftover ceiling paint, by sealing it you have greatly reduced its appearance and can wait until you have time to repaint the ceiling or of course you can call in a professional to do it for you.



Water Stains


Water stains have a way of coming back again and again, even after the cause of the problem is fixed and the water has dried. Often tannins in construction lumber are carried by the water through the drywall and are deposited on the surface as the water dries. Tannins can be difficult to seal and if there is a high mineral content in the water it’s worse.


water-stain on drywall water-stain on ceiling tile


These are two good examples of how the tannins radiate to the edge of the stain as the water dries.



The key is to use the right sealer. The “big gun” is shellac. You would be hard pressed to find a stain this won’t take care of.


BIN sealer by Zinnser for water stains

Many water stains can also be addressed with various other sealers such as Kilz. Once the stain has been sealed you only need to paint over it with a quality topcoat.


Water Stains

Water stains always have a root cause. Whether it is a build up of condensation in the attic, leaking roof or a plumbing issue, it is important to investigate the matter and correct the problem.