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p00lbys 06-06-2009 11:43 AM

Problem Painting Ceiling! Please Help!
Hi There!
We painted the ceiling in our spare bedroom when we moved in 7 years ago. At that time there must have been moisture between the paint and the ceiling so when we started to paint the paint "fell off" as we were trying to put in on. Eventually we got the paint to stick some how! Well, now we need to paint again and there are actually moisture bubbles between the paint and the ceiling. They are very noticeble on humid days and kind of disappear when it's not humid!
What can we do before and when we paint to avoid the problem of the paint "falling off" as we paint and also what can we do so moisture bubble will not form again! We have no idea why this is happening the room above our spare bedroom is our bedroom!
Any advise would be great!!!!!

Leah Frances 06-06-2009 11:45 AM

How old is your house? What kind of paint was on the ceiling BEFORE you painted.

p00lbys 06-06-2009 11:50 AM

Our house was built in 1942 and we used Dutch Boy the first time.
I have idea what was up there when we moved it! It was probably pretty old stuff it looked like it hadn't been painted in a long time!

slickshift 06-06-2009 04:59 PM

You have an existing, ongoing, original, or cumulative problem that must be rectified before applying any more coating

Your problem in general does suggest moisture, or could be lack of primer on the raw ceiling, a poor quality coating at some point, or plaster ceilings that have "reached their limit" of amount of coating and will no longer hold a coating
The age of the structure could also suggest a calcimine ceiling "paint" at some point (original or later)...your problems re-painting do suggest that it could be a calcimine coating and that's why your re-paint had issues

Exactly what the problem is would determine your next move

How much does the paint peel back? To another coating (paint or primer), or to a bare surface?
If it's bare, then is it plaster or sheetrock?
Having a room (rather than attic) above the failing ceiling does lend credence to looking for something other than moisture, but is there a bathroom close to the failing room? With maybe an exhaust fan?

Don't re-coat w/o investigating further, as the "fix" depends on the actual problem

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