Why won’t paint stick on walls sealed and repainted after a fire

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The upstairs was leveled and rebuilt but the basement walls were cleaned and sealed. A mere bump on the wall causes the paint to fall off in chunks. The upstairs paint is fine.

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  • Shoshana Shoshana on Nov 29, 2017
    Was the wall primed before painting?
    • Deb Deb on Nov 29, 2017
      It was. It was done by a professional restoration company
  • Bijous Bijous on Nov 29, 2017
    1. What were the walls sealed with?
    2. What type of paint was used?
    3. What material is on the basement walls?
    4. Was it thoroughly dried out? Water (from the fire hoses) seeks the lowest level.
    5. Has it been painted before?
    • Deb Deb on Nov 29, 2017
      I don’t know what the sealer was that was used. The material is typical drywall. It was dried out for several weeks with industrial dryers once mitigation began.

      What bothers me is that the insurance company would not allow anyone to touch the house for 4 months while they investigated. The fire investigator believed the cause of the fire was a faulty emergency power supply we plugged in during heavy snowfall to charge our phones in case of power outage. Independent testing labs proved the power supply had a faulty circuit board, so litigation is ongoing by the insurance company. Could the walls have been fatally damaged by the long time sitting wet and sooty?

      If so, we are entitled to further repairs through the litigation. I dont know what could be proven so I wanted to see if it was a simple answer first. The last thing I want is more tear down and workers in this house. It’s taken a year to get it back. But the paint, Columbia, is falling off.
  • Sally-Charles Evans Sally-Charles Evans on Nov 29, 2017
    I would send this question on to the paint manufacturer, or a professional painter. I am sure it has something to do with the soot (which is very greasy) from the fire.
  • Dianacirce70 Dianacirce70 on Nov 29, 2017
    Not being primed may be an issue, but it may be there is still moisture in the cement/bricks (if that is the surface it was painted on).
  • Odi31540818 Odi31540818 on Nov 29, 2017
    Check with your Secretary of State for an answer as to why this is going on too long. . . .You might contact the State Contractors Board, also Sometimes there is a TV station who would like to get hold of this. . .HA HA
    • Deb Deb on Nov 29, 2017
      Thank you everyone for the replies. I will see what can be done.
  • Barbara Barbara on Nov 29, 2017
    Paint does not usually stick to dealer. You may. Red to sand it.
  • Bijous Bijous on Nov 29, 2017
    Yea, I too had a house fire - for two days. The fire department didn't completely check the rock wool in the attic and it flared up the next day. It took me a year too, so I'm feeling your pain.

    If the walls in the basement sat in water, they should have been removed up to 2 feet above the water line. If they were just streaked with water and the restoration company came in quickly with the dryers, they're probably okay. I'll bet the sealer was oil based (that masks the smell of smoke better. And every bit of drywall absorbs that smell. I took mine down to the studs and removed all the insulation because of it.) So, the latex will not stick to the oil based sealer. Take pictures and make the company come back to scrap all the paint off that's flaking, do a light float of plaster on all the walls and try again with the latex, if you want. Personally, I prefer oil based paint in the basement because of moisture.

    I have nothing but horror stories about my "professional" restoration company, from all the damage to my antique furniture, to the expensive items that mysteriously disappeared. Good luck.
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