17 Aug 2006
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United Kingdom
My bathroom has a false plastic ceiling. 1 panel has been taken down today to reveal a previous fake ceiling (plasterboard) and above that is the original ceiling which is quite damaged.

Is it possible to repair/re-install the original height ceiling or is a false ceiling the only way to go?
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yes it is possible to re instate the original ceiling, provided the timber members aren't fire damaged, rotten or otherwise.
Rip the lot down (you'll enjoy it) and get a plasterer to come and put up a nice new plasterboard ceiling, skimmed afterwards then painted with a quality white bathroom paint. Better still, before the plasterer, put in 12V halogen downlighters and enjoy the brilliant white light, which will make your chrome sparkle and your water shimmer.
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I agree with RigidRaider, get a price to remove the lot back to the original wood and plaster board/skim it.

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