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  • Becky P Becky P on Aug 31, 2012
    ok, I have a bathroom where I have painted over the existing paint (from the previous owners). I used probably either an eggshell or satin finish. The paint "crackled" within a year. I then tried painting another coat of the same finish and it crackled, also. I guess I will have to scrap it all off and then do what to make sure it doesn't happen again? (It actually doesn't bother me, since the bathroom is done in a "cabin" style, but it is starting to peel off now in places.)

  • Paint-N-Plus Paint-N-Plus on Aug 31, 2012
    Sounds like the Previous owner used Oil base paint(Chemical base) and you used a latex product(Water Base).The latex should come of w/ a little effort. I would try using some 100 grit sand paper.Once you get the peeling and loose paint off You need to Prime w/ a Oil base Primer.Once primed, you can get some sheet rock mud,They have this at any hardware store to repair any places on the wall that needs it. From there you can use your latex without a problem.Another option is to repaint using an oil base product. Hope this helps,Let me know Good Luck

  • Becky P Becky P on Sep 01, 2012
    Alright, thanks for the info. I had a feeling they used a different type of paint. Yeesh! I might try to do this during my Thanksgiving break, but I have a border I don't want to get rid of, so I may live with it for another year....what to do, what to do!

  • Paint-N-Plus Paint-N-Plus on Sep 01, 2012
    If you want to try and save your border,You could try some painters tape to mask it off.We can it Blue Tape,It is some great stuff.Not to much adhesive so it wont damage your border.Just be sure to spend a little time when your putting it on, to be sure to do a good job so your primer and paint wont get under it. Good Luck

  • JimG JimG on Sep 01, 2012
    ok, so my experience is this.... 20 years painting rooms in my house. I'm OK, and sometimes do a really great job and sometimes, not as good around edges. 1) If you do it yourself (assume Bathroom is small enough to make it an easy project, BUT could be time consuming IF you do it right! **** On the Painters tape, when you put it down: 1) I found do NOT push down on the side furthest from the paint so it comes back off easy 2) on the side CLOSEST to the paint, press along the edges 1-2X after you have it down to make sure paint doesn't go under it, 3) Don;t wait too long to pull the tape off and when you do, have a wet paper towel to wipe any paint that is wet and spreads if the tape does something funny *** ONE MORE thing: I just had Master Painters in VA Beach that did so well, I WISH I KNEW they existed when I moved here as they are fair priced and did outstanding work and cleaned up to include vacuuming after themselves! SHOUT OUT to Harvey (and Al and his other painter) - Master Painters!

  • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on Sep 01, 2012
    Jim I do not use tape for the far majority of my color transitions wall to wall or wall to ceiling...but for those rare instances when "lines" are being applied another trick is to first apply a coat of the background color to the area where the tape line is...any bleed under the tape is then the base color...after that has dried some you can then apply your contrast color. The application of the background color "seals" the small gaps that would normally allow the contrast color to go under the tape. Here is another post on a great trick...!/535259

  • Donna R Donna R on Sep 01, 2012
    We've always used the blue tape but decided to try the Frog tape. We weren't happy with it. Wouldn't stick well and did have bleeding under it. Have you tried the Frog tape? I like your suggestion KMS on painting the tape line. Good idea!

  • JimG JimG on Sep 02, 2012
    @ KMS & Donna: I'm not good at straight lines... try every once in a while and I can see how the paint swurves, vice straight line. I have to use the tape and glad to read the response about the frog tape, ALMOST bought it last week! Anyway, so Blue tape works for me, I just press the edges closes to the paint to alleviate bleeding and DON;t press the far end side down so it peels off easy. ALSO, and just did some touch up yesterday.... peel tape soon after painting so the dry paint doesn't peel away from the wall. ** KMS - BTW, I was in Colorado Springs last week. Really was pretty nice out there.