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Old 01-27-2013, 01:34 AM   #1
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How to scrape peeling paint from bedroom ceiling


Sheetrock ceiling in bedroom was originally painted with an oil base paint. It was repainted with a water base paint a few years ago and is now peeling in different areas. How do I scrape the peeling paint and repaint with a oil base paint. This is a old farm house the original rooms of the home was built apprx 125 yrs ago and my father remodeled and new additions were made 64 yrs ago.

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Hey ssgt, welcome. (is that staff sergeant)
Couple of things, an old oil finish might contain lead, so take precautions. Does the old finish have a sheen and are you looking to put a sheen on again? If you prefer a flat finish the likelihood of finding a flat oil finish these days is pretty slim.
To prepare I would take a thin flexible six inch spacle blade and work it between the old finish and the peeling coat, holding it close to parallel to the ceiling. Carefully scrape until the edges seem tight.
I would then apply a coat of Zinsser oil based primer sealer to the exposed areas. The oil Zinsser will create a bond to the old finish without sanding and lock down the loose paint edges.
Then apply skim coats of joint compound over the edges to feather them out. If you have large areas of exposed old finish, you don't have to cover all of that if it's not damaged, just concentrate on feathering the edges. Lightly sand the compound with 220 sandpaper.
Personally, I would then use the rest of the cover stain and apply a full coat of primer to the whole ceiling.
Finish with a quality latex finish.

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Sheetrock ceiling in bedroom was originally painted with an oil base paint. It was repainted with a water base paint a few years ago and is now peeling in different areas. How do I scrape the peeling paint and repaint with a oil base paint. This is a old farm house the original rooms of the home was built apprx 125 yrs ago and my father remodeled and new additions were made 64 yrs ago.

why use oil?
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Yes, my husband is a USMC Ret Gunny. We moved to my parents home and to take care of my mother and are in the process of some remodeling. We are new at this so after finding this web site will have lots of questions I'm sure. "Someone" has made a lot of mistakes that we are trying to fix. ONE is that when they painted the living room windows they painted them shut. Now we have to figure out what to do about that!
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Happens all the time.
Just take a utility knife and cut the paint line.
Gently use the ball of your hand and give the outside frame some taps to see if it breaks free.
If that does not work get yourself a 4" stiff putty knife, make sure the steel blade goes all the way through the hand, do not buy one with a plastic handle. Use it to tap it in between the sash and the window stop. It does not need to be driven in very far to break the paint bond.

One of two things have happened, they just put to much paint on the seam and near broke that bond, or someone did a big no no and painted the jambs where the windows ride up and down. That area should not be painted.
If in the future you end up with that home make replacing those old window with replacement window a priority.
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