Monday, 11 November 2013

Why Is My Bathroom Ceiling Paint Peeling? And How Do I Fix It?

Have you noticed parts of your bathroom ceiling paint cracking, peeling or sagging? This alone can have a detrimental effect on the overall decor of your bathroom, creating a messy, unfinished appearance that takes away from its natural beauty. And if your paint-peeled ceiling is left alone, the problem will likely become progressively worse in the weeks to follow. To learn more about the causes, and solutions, to this problem, keep reading.

Excess Moisture

The single most common cause of paint peeling in the bathroom is from excess moisture. Bathrooms naturally experience a high level of moisture and humidity. After all, this is where you go to take showers, brush your teeth, wash your face, etc. Unfortunately, an excess amount of moisture will evaporate into the air where it saturates the ceiling paint and any other 'porous' surfaces.

If you constantly experience moisture-related problems in your bathroom, such as paint peeling, try to get into the habit of running your exhaust fan both during and after you shower. The entire purpose of an exhaust fan is to pull moisture vapor out of the bathroom; thus, leaving behind fresh, dry air that's not going to contribute to your ceiling paint peeling. If you don't have an exhaust fan installed in your bathroom, at the very least you should open a window after you shower to release some of the humidity.

Remove The Peeling Ceiling Paint

The first step in fixing this problem is to remove the current patch of peeling paint on your bathroom ceiling. Some people may attempt to paint over it, but this typically doesn't work. To ensure the problem doesn't come back in the future, you must remove the old peeling paint beforehand.

There are a few different techniques to accomplish this, but the easiest way is to scrub it off with a sheet of medium-grit sandpaper. Make sure you are wearing a dust mask and use either a step stool or a ladder to reach the ceiling and scrub off the old paint.

Paint Over It

With the old paint gone, you can now repaint over the bare patch of ceiling. Rather than using the exact same paint as before, though, you should use a more 'bathroom-friendly' brand that's capable of withstanding the humidity here. Even with an exhaust fan in place, your bathroom will still develop a high amount of humidity, so you want to choose a paint variety that's capable of withstanding this pressure. Visit your local home improvement store and look for a water-resistant paint that's similar, if not identical, to the color currently used on your bathroom ceiling.

Applying the paint is a pretty self explanatory process. Depending on how much old ceiling paint you removed, it can usually be applied with a basic brush.

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