How to Remove Old Paint From a Warped Shower Ceiling

What You'll Need
Drop cloths
Safety glasses
Sanding block on extension rod
Plastic sheeting
Masking or duct tape
Paint stripper
Medium grit sandpaper

Shower ceilings are prone to mold and fungus, especially if the paint is old. Shower ceilings made of plasterboard or plywood warp and bend over time due to varying weather conditions. When the ceiling bends, the paint peels from the ceiling To remove old paint from the ceiling, you should follow these steps.

Step 1 - Test the Ceiling

Check the ceiling for contamination. If you find any contamination, it is better to call a professional; however, if there is no contamination, then you can proceed.

Step 2 - Check for Damage

Check the ceiling for water damage and make sure the drywall and wood are in proper condition. Make any necessary repairs.

Step 3 - Block Open Doorways and Windows

Cover the floor and fixtures, then seal the windows and doors to prevent dust from spreading. Wear a respirator, safety glasses, and gloves. Use a fan to direct dust out the window.

Step 4 - Sand the ceiling

Sand the layer of loose paint on the ceiling in an up-and-down motion.

Step 5 - Apply the Paint Stripper

Use heavy duty paint stripper as per the instructions on the label to remove stubborn paint. Lay a plastic sheet to prevent any premature evaporation of the paint stripper.

Step 6 - Scrub the Ceiling

Scrub the ceiling very carefully with sandpaper to remove the remaining paint. Depending on the number of paint layers, several applications may be required.

Step 7 - Remove the Loose Plaster

Scrub the ceiling to remove loose plaster and coating. Rinse the ceiling until it is clean. Leave it to dry.

Step 8 - Check the Ceiling for Any Substances

Run your hand on the ceiling to check for white, chalky residue. If there any residue on the palm of you hand, rub the sand paper once over the area.