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Old 10-18-2008, 07:51 AM   #1
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pealing paint

I painted ny bathroom (which has no vent) several yeara ago and I evidently used the wrong paint. I now have huge areas on wall and ceiling where the paint has pealed. I tried to scrape the areas that were not affected but it won't budge and I made dents in the drywall. How can I get this off, and if I can't what do I do next.


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Old 10-20-2008, 11:53 PM   #2
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That happened to me so I ended up sanding the walls and ceilings until they were smooth. I sort of feathered the rough edges. I followed up with a bleach wash to ensure any mildew that may have been hiding was eliminated. I then went to an established, reputable paint store and had the professional at the store mix mildew deterrent in with the paints. The paint professional suggested I use a semi-gloss for the bathroom walls so I did. For the ceiling, I used a ceiling paint (flat) that was especially for bathrooms where moisture is present. I have had no problem and it has been over 2 years. The sanding really made a difference, but remember to wear eye and respiratory protection, the dust is awful, but the effort will be worth it in the end.
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Old 10-21-2008, 09:06 AM   #3
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For the spots where the paint is firmly adhering, even after attacking with a scraper, you can just feather the edges with sandpaper and leave it alone.

If this is a bathroom with showers, hairspray, etc., wash down the walls with TSP and rinse. (Try not to use this bathroom for showers or baths a week before and after painting, if possible.)

Next, prime with a Latex bonding primer or an oil-base primer and then topcoat with the bathroom paint of your choice. (Zinsser PermaWhite or Sherwin K&B paint are good choices.)

Is there any way to retrofit a fan into this bathroom?

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