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Old 07-26-2009, 04:17 PM   #1
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Paint in bathroom is only 3 years old, does anyone know what kind of problem this is? It will not come off, only around bathroom sink area.
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A 3-yr old paint job? Has this just happened recently, or has it always been there? does it only happen sometimes or only around the sink area? Do you remeber what brand/type of paint?

What was the substrate? drywall? painted drywall? are there kids in the house?

I wonder if chrisn would agree that surfactant leaching should not be an issue after 3 years - and not necessarily located in one spot like that. What do you think?
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A 3-yr old paint job? Has this just happened recently, or has it always been there? does it only happen sometimes or only around the sink area? Do you remeber what brand/type of paint?

What was the substrate? drywall? painted drywall? are there kids in the house?

I wonder if chrisn would agree that surfactant leaching should not be an issue after 3 years - and not necessarily located in one spot like that. What do you think?
This has just happened in the last 3 weeks. I have a window in the bathroom, so its not a moisture issue. Paint is 3 years old painted on new drywall. This area is behind the splashguard on the wall, no where else in the 100sq foot bathroom. The paint is Frazee SatinGlide II Semi Gloss paint
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I wonder if chrisn would agree that surfactant leaching should not be an issue after 3 years - and not necessarily located in one spot like that. What do you think?
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Should'nt be, but? I would try all the steps provided in the link and see what happens, maybe it will all go away. If not ,then you need to re-paint.
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kind of a mystery - it certainly looks like surfactants - the only thing I can think of is with the high summer humidity (where are you located) maybe something triggered? Is it the exterior wall - maybe the insulation has failed behind this wall? The three year part is stumping me, can't see why that wouldn't have popped up the first two summers the bathroom was painted. I think Chris said it best, try cleaning and if not repaint. Try the Aura Bath and Spa paints - do NOT use the Aura Matte or Eggshell.

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Surfactants are usually darker spots. That sure looks like something got on the walls and ran down like maybe some rubbing alcohol.
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Yup. Surfactant solutions are like a MacDonalds restaurant to bacteria...they feed there for next to nothing, many of them die there, turning the solution black.
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My money is on some type of cleaner that splashed on the wall...
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My money is on some type of cleaner that splashed on the wall...

That or something like hairspray,soap,etc would be a good guess, either way it needs to be cleaned and or painted again.

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