How to fix chipped paint from steam in small apartment bathroom/

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There’s no ventilation so the paint on the ceiling and sides of the shower peel.

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  • Francesca Francesca on Jun 23, 2018
    If you can’t open a window or install an extractor in the ceiling or an exterior wall your’e kind of stuck. You will end up with not only peeling paint but mold as well. If you leave the door open while using the shower that would help and even consider using a fan by the open door to draw hot damp air out, and leave it on for ten minutes after finishing. With regard to the paint don't paint with flat paint, use a gloss to help avoid peeling.

  • Shuganne Shuganne on Jun 23, 2018
    Are you renting? That doesn't sound up to code. Call your local gov't for directions to proceed. If it's yours, you really need a professional electrician to do the job right. Sorry, Angie, the only way to keep the paint from peeling is to dry out the bathroom and the only way to do that is with a wall or ceiling exhaust fan. Good luck!

  • Mogie Mogie on Jun 23, 2018
    You must have some form of ventilation in a bathroom. If there is no window you need an exhaust fan.

    Building Code Requirements: Openable Window or Exhaust Fan
    Surprisingly, bathroom fans are not required by most building codes. All municipalities have different requirements, but a majority do not have a hard line on requiring exhaust fans. Ventilation in bathrooms is required.

    Window Requirements
    If you install a window in the bathroom, it must be at least 3 square feet in area. This window only needs to be able to open halfway. This means that the total open window space would be 1.5 square feet.

    Windows that open can provide highly effective ventilation in bathrooms that have no shower or tub. With no bathing facilities, far less moist air is produced. While powder rooms can benefit from exhaust fans, they can usually operate just as well with a window that opens.

    Exhaust Fan Requirements
    Installing a bathroom fan obviates the need to install a window. The bathroom fan should pull out at least 50 cubic feet per minute (cfm). Because windows provide light as well as ventilation, if you go the fan-only route you need to install artificial lighting. This should already be a given, as electrical code requires that habitable rooms be supplied with a switch-controlled light.

  • Sharon Sharon on Jun 23, 2018
    Angie if all else fails. Prime the walls and ceiling. Next use the rubber paint. For call is one kind of rubber paint. Then get the clear sealer to go over it. This should help tremendously. But I would get a circulating fan to use after your shower. Hope you have another bathroom to use in the meantime.