Peeling paint is the most common problem for bathroom walls and ceilings, especially due to the existence of possible water leaks and high humidity. This is not only creates an unsightly appearance in your bathroom but is considered a common breeding ground for mildew and bacteria. Fixing peeling paint on your walls of your bathroom and ceilings can often considered a time-consuming process, but it’s not difficult when done by a professional painting contractor. When working with peeling paint, you should be careful and maintain all the processes required to make sure that the paint won’t peel again. If your home was built before 70s, it may contain lead-based paint, so it’s better to hire the professionals in this field to handle the repairs.
The first step to repair peeling paint from your bathroom walls and ceiling is to get rid of the chipped spots. You can do this very well by using a putty knife or paint scraper, but you need to carefully move it along the loose areas. You need to make sure to remove all peeling or flaking spots until the walls and ceiling only have firmly adhered paint on them. It is also important to place a garbage can or other container on hand so you can hold the loose paint that may fall from the wall while removing the chipped paint. You can also keep a drop-cloth on the floor to catch the loose chipped paints.
Once you remove all chipped paint from the wall and ceiling, the surface will still be uneven since some areas may have a layer or more of paint and other areas won’t. In order to make the surface properly smooth and even to apply paint, you need to use patching compound to make the walls even and ceiling. It is also important to arrange for a ready made patching solution and apply it in a thin and even layer by using a putty knife. If you want to apply a second coat, wait for the first coat to dry properly.
Once all patched areas are dry, you need to sand the areas to make sure that there are no folds or uneven edges. You can sand the walls by using a sandpaper. For the ceiling, sandpaper will probably create a great deal of dust. Therefore, you need to use a shop vacuum built with a dust collection bag as well as a sanding attachment.
Your bathroom walls and ceiling will start to peel again, if they were not primed properly. In order to avoid the same problem, use an oil-based primer before applying the paint.