Creating a Tin Ceiling Replacement Part Using Plastic

A local downtown Champaign investor who owns many structures in Champaign County tasked us with a project that required the replication of tin ceiling tiles that were over 150 years old. We’ve had experience with similar projects in the past and were able to take on this project with ease.

It is very common for old buildings to have painted ceiling tiles made of tin to adorn the high lofty areas. We have worked on many restoration projects in Wisconsin and Illinois by making castings of the metal ceiling tins by pouring resin into the tins to harden, then vacuum forming the replacement tins with a plastic material. This plastic can be gently arched, nailed into place, and painted. When complete the customer was provided with a ceiling that looked just like new and matched the tins that were pressed out in the 1800s.