Peeling Bathroom Paint -
How To Solve This Problem

By: Ezra Plank

Do you already have a problem with your bathroom paint peeling? Or maybe you are redecorating your bathroom, and you would like to prevent peeling bathroom paint in the future. In either case, we can help.

Symptoms of peeling:

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This may sound kind of funny, but how can you tell if your paint is peeling? If you have flakes of old paint coming off and falling on the floor, then it's obvious. But you may have a minor case of peeling, and not even notice it. Here's how to tell. And it's something you should do anyway if you're going to give the wall a fresh coat of paint soon.

Take a spatula or dull knife and scrape the surface of the wall -- not TOO hard, now -- you don't want to create a problem that you don't already have! If the paint has any space behind it, it will come off. So you know now that peeling is a problem in your bathroom.

Causes of peeling:

Peeling Paint by Bart Everson, on Flickr
Obviously peeling paint.

Although paint can peel in any room of your house, it is far more likely to occur in your bathroom. The reason for this is because of the high humidity caused by water evaporating from your tub or shower. This hot water vapor can go right through the paint, and seep into the space between the paint and the wall. Eventually the paint will be pushed away, and begin to peel off.

How to repair peeling walls:

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If your walls are already peeling, then you need to fix the problem before you cover it with any new paint. Doing a fast paint-over of the existing wall may make it look nicer at first, but it won't be long before the paint peels right off again.

First, scrape away any peeling paint, and then feather-sand the edges between the unpeeled paint and the substrate. This might let you get away without filling in the under-layer.

Then, before you begin your new paint job, it's best to use a primer first. This will help fill in the scraped area, so there's no unwanted strange-looking pattern on your new surface.

How to prevent peeling:

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If you are covering a peel-damaged surface, then you should definitely use a moisture-repellant paint. Special bathroom paint is available at a slightly higher cost. But this may not be necessary, since an ordinary glossy paint should provide a shiny surface that moisture cannot get past. Use satin, semi-gloss, or gloss finish.

To keep moisture from staying around long enough to cause problems, your bathroom should be well-ventilated. Open the shower curtain, windows, and door after you bathe. And it may be necessary to install a ventilation fan if you don't already have one.

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