Unsightly water stains on ceilings are often the result of a leak in your roof or plumbing. Before repairing the water stain, be sure to fix the leak so the stain doesn’t reappear and to prevent further damage to your home from rot and mold.

To repair the water stain on a ceiling, prime the spot using a spray can of stain blocking primer that can be applied vertically. If the color of the primer doesn’t match the ceiling, apply a matching color ceiling paint.

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To cover up a water stain on a drywall ceiling, you have to first prime over the area with a stain blocking primer. The kind in a spray can with a vertical nozzle works best for ceilings, especially the ones with acoustic texture on them. Once the area is primed, if the color still doesn’t match you’ll need to paint it with a matching color, which often means recoating the entire ceiling to get an even finish.

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Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio, TodaysHomeowner.com, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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