05:16PM | 12/24/04
Member Since: 12/23/04
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I think I'm in trouble, but I wanted to see if anyone might have any suggestions...

I painted my bathroom 5 months ago - yesterday, I discovered major crackling/alligatoring all along the where the walls meet the ceiling, above the shower, and on the painted metal door frame.

Walls are drywall - original paint was latex. Had some moisture issues before we painted (bath fan isn't powerful enough). First, we cleaned with TSP. Then, primed with two coats of BINZ. Finally, we painted with 2 coats of Benjamin Moore Semi-Gloss Paint. Waited about 3-7 days between each coat of paint.

Doorframe is metal. We did the same prep/paint on doors and trim.

I think the crackling may be caused by my continued moisture problem - I haven't had a chance to find a more powerful bath fan. My husband contends that moisture alone wouldn't cause the crackling. He thinks it's caused by using BINZ over TSP or latex paint (we have since read that you shouldn't do either of those).

So, first - any clue as to what is the more likely cause of the crackling? Secondly, what can I do to fix it?

Thank you for any assistance you can offer!


08:33AM | 12/25/04
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
Is it the BIN or the latex topcoat cracking?


04:49PM | 12/26/04
Member Since: 12/23/04
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Just flaked some of it off - definitely the latex coming off the BIN (could tell because the original paint was black - it's a solid coat of white under the cracking stuff). I'd fathom a guess then that this is definitely a problem with moisture and not something caused by incorrectly applying BINs.


04:41AM | 12/27/04
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
It sounds like you need to get a new fan for the bathroom to get the moisture out before you try and fix this problem. Once you do that you can go in and apply a coat of and oil based eggshell or semi-gloss paint on your walls and that should take care of the problem.
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