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jkrodger 01-08-2008 09:47 AM

Bathroom paint
 
When my husband and I moved into our house we knew there would be a lot of projects we were going to do, one of those is a bathroom remodel. We're planning that for this spring, but since there's no vent in the bathroom (though there is a window), we were having some moisture problems on the ceiling. I would mop the ceiling with a bleach mixture every week to make sure we didn't grow anything, but the paint was already uneven up there (we're guessing the previous owner tried to touch up before selling but didn't mix her paint very well because the edges look like a different white than the rest of the ceiling). I painted the ceiling with Behr's bathroom ceiling paint before we went out of town for a week. The ceiling will need another coat, but it's our only bathroom in the house.

How long do we have to wait to shower after painting? 24 hours? 48 hours? a week?

sirwired 01-08-2008 11:12 AM

A week, ideally. But if you only have one bathroom... well, don't take too long, and open a window if you can.

Oh, and when it comes time to do that remodel, get a nice big vent fan installed, and use paint from a paint store, not that Behr stuff.

SirWired

slickshift 01-08-2008 09:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jkrodger
the paint was already uneven up there (we're guessing the previous owner tried to touch up before selling but didn't mix her paint very well because the edges look like a different white than the rest of the ceiling).

Most likely they simply rolled a quick coat w/o "cutting in" around the edges
Cutting in being the time consuming part
Also more likely to have mold in the center (to cover up)
And more likely to mess up the paint job when cutting in

Quote:

Originally Posted by jkrodger
...there's no vent in the bathroom
...we were having some moisture problems on the ceiling.
I would mop the ceiling with a bleach mixture every week

I strongly suggest putting a coat of Zinsser's Perma-White instead of the Behr
You've got a pretty bad situation, and are bleaching the ceiling once a week
Zinsser's Perma-White is the absolute best Mold/Mildew resistant paint I have ever used, and I live and work in the land of rust and mildew
It's truly remarkable

Quote:

Originally Posted by jkrodger
How long do we have to wait to shower after painting? 24 hours? 48 hours? a week?

As long as possible
At least 24 hours if at all possible
The longer the better though, really

jkrodger 01-09-2008 11:08 AM

Thanks for all the replies! We'll look into doing a better paint brand when we reno the bathroom in a couple months. The window in the bathroom is a normal sized window in the shower (with tinted glass of course) and it actually vents fairly well when the top part of the window is open. The problem arises when my husband doesn't open the window because it's too cold outside.

The exterior of the house is all brick, we were thinking of trying to install a vent in there that leads up to the roof. Anyone know if this would be possible?


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