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sheeba7

07:37AM | 02/25/03
Member Since: 02/24/03
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I have lived in my house for 2 years now, when I moved in I painted all walls and ceilings. Last winter, no problem. This winter there is a lot of bubbling and cracking in many different rooms on the walls and ceilings. Is this because there is too much moisture in the house or would it have to do with me using the fireplace too often? How would I fix this problem to prevent it in the future?

5slb6

12:22AM | 02/26/03
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
Are the walls plaster or drwall/drywall ?

sheeba7

02:31AM | 02/26/03
Member Since: 02/24/03
4 lifetime posts
I believe it's plaster, too hard to be drywall.

5slb6

12:36AM | 02/27/03
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
It very well could be moisture related and you need to make sure you do not have roof or plumbing leak. Also if the walls had gottten damp in the past and then with you applying paint it could cause this as with plaster walls when they get wet salts are released and will just eat the paint off in certain spots. The fix for this is to scrape and sand off any flaking paint and prime with a pigmented shellac, such as BIN and then if the walls are to rough you can fill in the low spots with spackle or drywall mud. You then will need to prime the patched spots with a latex primer and then most likely the entire wall to get an even finish as the patched areas will be more pourus than the rest the wall.

sheeba7

02:43AM | 02/27/03
Member Since: 02/24/03
4 lifetime posts
Thank you! I appreciate you taking the time to offer your expertise in this matter.

Piffin

04:02PM | 02/28/03
Member Since: 11/06/02
1278 lifetime posts
Moisture and plaster can both cause problems, individually or together, but there are other possibilities.

You do not say the age of the structure. Many old plaster situations have a clcimite paint that resists all efforts to paint over it. Preparation is excessive to the point that many pros prefer to cover it with drywall or remove it to the studs altogether.

Neither do you mention whether you did the painting prep work properly, regardless of the preious product. Did you wash with TSP and rinse? Did you sand glossy area? Were the walls clean and dry when you painted?

Is there any specific place in the house that the problem is worse than others, consistantly?

sheeba7

02:46AM | 03/03/03
Member Since: 02/24/03
4 lifetime posts
The house was built in 1954. I did no prep work before I painted, there were no glossy areas and the walls were clean and dry. The only two ceilings I did not paint were the bathroom and kitchen. The bathroom is not peeling but the kitchen is. The closer the rooms are to the kitchen and den where the fireplace is, is where the most peeling occurs.

BV018950

10:14AM | 03/24/19
My plaster ceilings have been fine for many long years. This past winter, suddenly on 3 ceilings, the paint has started to seriously flake away (2 upstairs bedrooms and the colder west side stairwell). The kitchen ceiling has always had flaking, I assumed because in this 1927 house, there's no outside ventilation. That has gotten no worse, but I can't understand what has changed to cuase the upstairs flaking. We've lived here 25+ years, nothing has really changed, and none of the 3 has recently been painted. Global warming? (I'm serious. As a gardener, it seems like there's a LOT more rain events every spring in Michigan.)


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