Painting Damp Plaster


Old 02-26-02, 12:59 PM
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Painting Damp Plaster

We need to paint a wall in the living room that has a damp area, probably from a small leak in the roof. The paint and plaster is lifting in spots. I know that we must locate and repair the source of the problem, but we can't do that until later in the year because of the expense involved. Does anyone have any suggestions on a temporary, cosmetic fix? Is there some sort of paint that will do the trick? Someone suggested using an oil-based stain blocking paint. Any other ideas? Thanks for any help you can provide.
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Old 02-27-02, 09:05 PM
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Location: Long Beach, California
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Fix the source leak first, then repair the wall.
You will need to allow the wall to dry completely. Repair any damage then prime and paint to finish.
A small roof leak is usually a flashing at a vent pipe or something similar. This is a very inexpensive fix (hendry's wet or dry patch)
about $7 per gallon. DIY unless you're roof is 20' or more off the ground then you might want to hire a roofer.

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