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Leaving ceiling insulation exposed and painting it

PLIERS | Posted in General Questions on

I love the idea of painting exposed basement ceiling but thought of an idea and want to run it by the forum.  In between my ceiling rafters could I insulate it with paper faced insulation and just simply spray paint the paper and leave it exposed?  Or is there another insulation type I can simply leave exposed and paint it.  In the ceiling I don’t need to run wire and pipe chases like a wall because I’m going to paint everything anyway.  I don’t care about anything exposed that is running lower than this insulation.


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    NICK KEENAN | | #1

    I had a house this had been done. The paper facing is, well, paper-thin, and it tears easily and gets ratty very quickly. At the cut edges it looks ratty from the get-go. The paint made the paper stiffer and more brittle.

  2. seabornman | | #2

    You could get in trouble with a picky inspector at some time as the paper face if flammable.

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