Paint has peeled off bathroom/laundry/kitchen ceiling back to plaster

Old 03-08-13, 02:48 AM
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Paint has peeled off bathroom/laundry/kitchen ceiling back to plaster


We bought our house 10 years ago and had it professionally painted before we moved in. As far as I can recall the paint on the house was probably the original paint (house was built in 1980) but was still in reasonable condition as I don't recall any problems when we inspected the house initially.

Within months of having the house painted the bathroom ceiling started to peel off, and after 10 years some parts are back to plaster. We've also had some damage in the kitchen and laundry. I'm guessing moisture is a cause (all rooms are well ventilated with fans).

I've been looking at some forums and as best as I can tell it's possible the original pain used was ceramic and this doesn't cope well when newer paints are added on top?

Does anyone have advice on how to best remove the rest of the existing paint and then how to prepare the plaster (does it need to be sealed or something before repainting)? Is this something that can be done by a painting novice or should I call in a professional? I'm guessing it's a crap job that most painters couldn't be bothered with. Or would I be best to look at replacing the plaster in these rooms?

Any advice or suggestions would be appreciated. I'll post a picture of the damage so you can see what I'm talking about.

Thank you.
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Old 03-08-13, 04:37 AM
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I'm not real familiar with ceramic coatings. They claim to have insulation properties but that has never been proven. More than likely the bath rm was painted with an oil base enamel. By 1980 most everyone had switched to latex enamel for bath rm walls/ceilings but I'm sure there were a few old timers that refused to switch.

The fix would be to remove all the loose material, sand as needed and apply a coat of oil base primer. Latex enamel will adhere fine to the oil primer. Your pro painter should have caught where oil enamel was used in those rooms but not all painters have the same skill/knowledge ...... and there are a few that just don't care

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