Paint is falling off in bathroom.

Renter-The paint is breaking & chipping apart from moisture from shower's /baths. Is there a fix to it OR is it going to be a entire re-paint job??
q paint is falling off in bathrm
Bad pic but do I see what I mean??
  10 answers
  • Amy Ogden-Paparone Amy Ogden-Paparone on May 08, 2018
    Hi L,
    I see exactly what you mean. You'll most likely have to repaint your ceiling if you don't want this to happen again. If you have a window in your bathroom, and no exhaust fan, you should open it no matter the season after each shower to allow the room to dry.
    The best paint to use for any bathroom ceiling is a semi-gloss paint. Home Depot has a very good one. You'll need to scrape all loose paint chips away.
    Once the chipped paint is gone, the surface will be uneven since some areas will have a layer or more of paint and others won't. To create a smooth surface for repainting, use patching compound to even out the walls and ceiling. Opt for a quick-setting patching compound and apply it in a thin, even layer with a putty or broad knife. When the first coat is dry, you can apply a second layer if necessary. Finish with a layer of all-purpose drywall compound and allow it to dry overnight. Then repaint the ceiling and I think you'll be okay. Just remember to use your exhaust fan or open the window after showering :D
  • Tinyshoes Tinyshoes on May 08, 2018
    Have you talked to your landlord?
    • Lalaroze Lalaroze on May 10, 2018
      Sure did.. Not even a blink at it.
      The man downstairs had a leak in bathrm. ceiling Until eventually a 4ft. hole appeared, stayed that way for a yr. Told him if I (me) KEEP my drain clean of hair it won't happen. WELL THAT WAS A BUNCH OF B.S.. He moved out.
  • 2dogal 2dogal on May 09, 2018
    The paint will peel again after it is corrected unless the underlying issue is resolved. Which is too much moisture in the bathroom after a shower, etc..
    You should talk to your landlord about this issue. He can install an exhaust fan in the bathroom that will resolve the moisture problem. Just opening a window will help, but the moisture needs to be exhausted quicker.
    Tell the landlord you want to repaint. Maybe he'll do it or at least buy the paint for you. Do it the way Amy said.
  • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on May 09, 2018
    I agree with Sal - moisture issues need to be addressed before repainting.
  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on May 09, 2018
    Definitely start with your landlord, if you do it behind his back, it may land you in trouble with him. If they refuse to fix the problem and repaint, go to the city about the problem and they will require him to do it or get a fine and have to repair. Rentals get inspected every year or two to make sure everything is up to code for rentals and will make them repair anything that could lead to health or safety problems for the tenants.
  • Mogie Mogie on May 09, 2018
    Talk to your landlord. They are supposed to maintain the property. Who did the paint job that is peeling? Do you have an exhaust fan in the bathroom? A window? Appears you have a problem with too much moisture. Your landlord needs to address this problem. If you have to fix this yourself save all your receipts and you legally can subtract those expenses from your next months rent. But first get a hold of the landlord!
    • Lalaroze Lalaroze on May 11, 2018
      I assuming the landlord painted.(same colors in each rm.'s of both apt.) Only window ventilation that we do open a crack when needed.

  • Helen Helen on May 09, 2018
    It is absolutely imperative to settle water issues first. This is one thing your landlord should be covering. He/she should have someone doing this rather than you. Regardless, the walls need to be checked for mold as well as the ceilings. That means walls will have to be checked into. IF there is any mold, it IS your . landlord's responsibility to remedy the situation. IF they do not want to do so, call the city you live in about it. They will steer you in the right direction. It is always the landlord's responsibility to remedy damage not caused by you. I'm assuming you didn't cause this.
    • Helen Helen on May 09, 2018
      Not every state requires inspections by the city prior to rental and this guy HAD to have known about it. The way it is now makes me believe he . knew but decided to hide the fact and rented it to you!
  • Tinyshoes Tinyshoes on May 10, 2018
    Some landlords can be sorry!
  • Amy Ogden-Paparone Amy Ogden-Paparone on May 11, 2018
    You're very welcome!!
  • Robyn Garner Robyn Garner on May 16, 2018
    Call your city/town code enforcement office. Tell them the situation and ask what can be down to make the landlord remedy the situation.

    Paying rent means you are paying for his investment/capital gains for the property. It also means that other than maintaining the cleanliness and integrity of the property, you are not responsible for basic maintenance and repairs!
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