blistering paint on living room ceiling

Old 09-04-04, 02:10 PM
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Question blistering paint on living room ceiling

Hello, and I need some advice. We are trying to list our house. We have had a blistered but dry (rather large) spot in our living room. Three weeks ago professional painters came and painted inside our house and out. Today, I noticed that the living room ceiling is blistering again and one spot looks like an oil spot bleeding through. Again, it is dry, but looks awful. Any suggestions or thoughts about what the problem could be? Would appreciate any advice. Thanks so much.
Old 09-04-04, 02:16 PM
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You should firstly call back the painter that did your job and have him put it right. It sounds like you need a stain blocker on that area. A can of Kilz spray should be OK, and then touch-up with the original ceiling color after it is dry.

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Old 09-04-04, 05:42 PM
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i appreciate the advice very much, but why do you think the ceiling paint is blistering again? That doesn't seem like a stain problem (although another part of the area does).
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Is the ceiling vaulted, sheetrock, plaster, under the roof or is it a 2nd floor above it, bathroom above it, etc. Blistering is usually water vapor or solvent trying to escape. Where its coming from is the question. I agree with Harrier that the painter is responsible to fix it. If it is coming from leaking pipes or? then he wont be able to untill the problem is fixed. But it was his job to check into why the blistering was there before he painted over it. If it has been dry and started blistering then I agree that a good primer is the easy fix to seal in what is trying to get out as harrier pointed out but he may have prepped and primed it already? Get him back out. good luck
Old 09-05-04, 02:15 AM
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Thank You !!

Thanks Jeffk!!
Old 09-05-04, 02:31 AM
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Originally Posted by danette
-looks like an oil spot bleeding through. Again, it is DRY, but looks awful.
If it's as you say "DRY". Then there is no continuing moisture? Kilz should seal the stain or blistering effect. Another coat of your finish color should make it right. But please remember that your pro painter should have spotted this and brought it to your attention and or corrected it.
Also, if this blistering is a flakey residue that comes away when you wipe your fingers over it. That could be the after affects of moisture. Be sure that there is no further ingress of moisture. If you don't stop it, you will never cure it!

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