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Old 03-12-2010, 12:01 PM   #1
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My parents house (1974) has paint peeling near their light fixtures in many rooms (due to heat?), and in the bathrooms, the paint is peeling all over (moisture + heat?). I repainted the ceiling in the master bedroom, and after the paint dried, I went to do a second coat, and the roller pulled off the first coat of paint around the light fixture. New paint just will not adhere properly.

A painter thought that the drywall was not primed correctly when the house was built. Would sanding/priming work at this point, or better to re-sheetrock or put some type of spackle or plaster over trouble spots (or an entire bathroom ceiling?).

If I decide to sheetrock, can I use 3/8" and put it over top of the existing, or must I tear the old stuff down?

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are all fixtures to insulated space, no conditioned space above? maybe combo of moisture/heat. sounds like sanding and good prime first with cure time after prime.

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Old 03-12-2010, 12:48 PM   #3
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I think that most of the ceilings with the peeling near lights are on the second floor, unfinished attic above. I guess I can test sanding a small area, using a good primer (zinser 1-2-3?) then painting.

1 coat of primer or 2? How long do I let each coat cure?
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one coat and if baths are being used two days. are areas insulated around fixtures, are they can lights?
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Old 03-12-2010, 01:08 PM   #5
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No can lights, just flush or semi-flush mounts. There is insulation in the attic floor, above the ceilings in question.
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Happened to me when I put up ceiling fans. The stipple around all of the light fixtures had turned loose. The heat does it. Scrape back to "solid" paint. Prime (oil primer will work best) to seal the edge. If there's an obvious line due to several coats of paint you may want to feather the edge with joint compound, then re-prime and paint. There's no need at all to re-sheetrock....
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Thanks. Can you recommend a good primer?
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Thanks. Can you recommend a good primer?
Zinsser cover stain would be my choice.

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Or Kilz....

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