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LESLIE: Esther in Oregon, you’ve got The Money Pit. What can we do for you today?
ESTHER: And we were wondering what could we do to get those spots taken off or will we have to completely replace all of it or even if we would paint with a light color, would those spots come through?
TOM: Well, not if you do it correctly. First of all, what happens is when it gets soaked in the ceiling tile it actually changes the color of the tile so it’s not like you can wash it out. What you’re going to need to do is paint  but before you paint you have to prime it. It’s very, very important to use a primer because only a primer will seal in those stains so the stains don’t come through the new paint. So I would use, Esther, an oil-based primer across the entire ceiling surface and then I would follow up with a flat ceiling paint and that will take care of it and it’ll look perfect.
ESTHER: Alright. Thank you.
TOM: You’re welcome, Esther. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.