OT: DIY and downlights

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Fnaar, 13 Jul 2007.

  1. Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Hi DIY buffs
    I want to paint my kitchen ceiling (well, don't want to , but you know..) There are downlights in the ceiling, flush with the surfac, if you see what I mean.
    Is there an easy way to remove the metal bit that surrounds the bulb, to make painting easier? Getting the bulb out is easy, but the surround is held in place by spring-loaded retaining clips. My fingers aren't nimble to enough to move the clips in any meaningful way.... Help appreciated!
  2. sheddy

    sheddy Guru

    I would leave alone and paint em (or around them) The clips can be vey strong and as you pull down you run the risk of tearing the plasterboard leaving you with an oversized hole.
    Some of the bathroom designs (sealed with glass window) have an inner which stays in place and an outer flange which can be unscrewed to change the bulb and decorate but I guess you won't have these
  3. OP

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Cheers Sheddy :?:
  4. graham56

    graham56 Guru

    As Sheddy says, be very careful as the last thing you want to be left with is "an oversized hole!" :rolleyes: :?: :?: :sad:
  5. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Moderator

    indeed not, whatever you put in there, mrs fnaar will not be satisfied with the result :?:
  6. OP

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Matron! :?: :?:
  7. gbb

    gbb Legendary Member

    I always have a damp cloth ready :?: :8:
    If you get any paint on your ring :?: :biggrin: just wipe around the rim :sad: :laugh: with yer damp cloth.
    Very effective and satisfying

    Oh......sorry...we're talking decorating :rolleyes:
  8. Gently pull down the fitting and press your fingers against the (usually wire) springs just enough to enable the 'free' movement of the fitting. Pull downwards just enough to give you clearance to paint and release the springs, which will hold the fitting out of the ceiling but not damage the plaster etc etc...
  9. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Penarth, Wales
    Some cellotape on the rim before painting and then remove after painting should do the trick!!!!!!!!!!!
  10. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    FFS stop being such pussies! Just pull them down, press the springs in with finger tips as described above then remove them. Disconnect the wire, push it up out of the way and enjoy a nice uncluttered ceiling for painting.

    *wanders off shaking head*
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