Bathroom ceiling keeps peeling

Elizabeth Roy
by Elizabeth Roy
Although I have sanded, primed and painted my bathroom ceiling, it is peeling again. I'm at a loss on how to stop this issue.

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  • Sharon Sharon on Mar 13, 2018

    What kind of paint are you using? what finish? what primer? do you have a ventilation fan? do you use it?

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    • Sharon Sharon on Mar 14, 2018

      You don't use flat paint in a bathroom, you should use at least a satin or semi-gloss kitchen and bath paint. The other reason it may peel is because it was previously painted with oil-based and you put latex on top, so I would get the Zinseer B-I-N primer that will help with that. Scrape off any loose paint with a scraper first.

  • Starr Wilson Starr Wilson on Mar 13, 2018

    You need a paint for bathrooms. I believe it's the moisture that's making it peel. Always use your fan in the bathroom if you have one. If not you could install one. It helps take the moisture out when using the bath or shower.

    • Elizabeth Roy Elizabeth Roy on Mar 14, 2018

      II always use my fan that is wall mounted and exhausts directly outside. I will try bathroom paint and Zinser primer. Thank you.

  • Cindy Cindy on Mar 13, 2018

    Hi Elizabeth, Bathroom paint and primer should be used. Your exhaust fan should be rated for the size of bathroom you have. One of those two things will solve your problem. We learned this lesson the hard way. We Installed least expensive (cheap) fan we could find. The bathroom was like a sauna after every shower. Long story short, we had to purchase another fan. Works like a charm. No more sauna. Good luck to you.

    • Elizabeth Roy Elizabeth Roy on Mar 14, 2018

      My fan is in the wall and exhausts directly outside. I will buy bathroom primer and paint. Thank you.

  • Kim Kim on Mar 14, 2018

    Hi, when you sand your ceiling, are you removing all the peeling layer of paint from the entire ceiling? It is a very common mistake to sand and repair the areas that are peeling and leaving the rest, but the problem is that the paint left behind is a ticking time bomb. It will peel at some point.

    Once you remove that layer (you do not want to damage the substrate) I would highly recommend using a deglosser to wash your ceiling with and then prime with a mold and mildew resistant primer like Zinser. As the others have stated, you want a bathroom paint and a good fan as well.

    I hope that was helpful.


  • Gale Allen Jenness Gale Allen Jenness on Mar 14, 2018

    Learn something new everyday! I never heard of nor ever used a paint that was strictly for bathrooms! I’ve been painting bathrooms for years with the very same paint I use in any other room in the house and never once ever had a problem! No matter the size of the bathroom either! So now I’m going to have to do some investigating on this bathroom paint, it’s all new news to me! Any laytex paint from Miller paint or even Kelly Moore always worked fine for me, not sure what’s difference is with this bathroom paint?

  • Virginia S. Virginia S. on Mar 14, 2018

    Hello Elizabeth. Sorry to hear your frustration with the peeling ceiling. If your house is very old, it may have been painted with calcimite. Any new paint will just peel right off again. You will have to either sand off all the old paint completely and then apply a sealant before you use regular paint over it. The other option is to just scrape/sand off what you have and repaint with more calcimite.