Plaster ceiling paint peeling ( painted twice professionally)

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  • Bijous Bijous on Apr 14, 2018
    Is it an older home? Is the plaster new? How many coats of paint are already on the ceiling? There's several reasons paint fails. The first, of course, is moisture; then there's excessive dryness. Here's a link that gives you about 15 reasons. I hope you find the answer. Good luck.

    • Pel11177316 Pel11177316 on Apr 23, 2018
      thank you, thank you, thank you! Not moisture-probably many types of paint used over year.Lots of scraping to do down to original plaster,but you've giving us loads of info to use in finding a professional to do the job.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Apr 14, 2018
    Sounds as if it has damp underneath or is in a damp room (Bathroom) Not enough ventilation maybe, otherwise investigate above ceiling or roof......

    • Pel11177316 Pel11177316 on Apr 23, 2018
      we've eliminated possible moisture but thanks for your input. others have given some other info to consider

  • Sharon Sharon on Apr 14, 2018
    Makes me think the original was a oil-based paint, and then they painted it with a latex without properly priming. If this is a bathroom the other problem might be too much moisture.... do you have a vent and use it? I would scrape it off again, sand lightly, prime with Zinseer B-I-N, then repaint with a good semi-gloss Kitchen and Bath paint. I've painted a million bathrooms, and never had one peel.
    Since this is plaster, I would check with a moisture meter on the day you are going to paint to make sure its as dry as can be. If you live in a humid climate, run a dehumidifer in the room for a couple days and a fan to really dry it out.
    If its new plaster, it should have a mist coat of paint first....

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    • Sharon Sharon on Apr 23, 2018
      You don't have to scrape it down to the plaster, just knock off the loose stuff and any bubbles, give a light sand, and one or two coats of the primer before painting... make sure its not a super humid day.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Apr 14, 2018
    where is the ceiling, what prep was done prior to painting?

  • Joan Joan on Apr 14, 2018

  • 2dogal 2dogal on Apr 14, 2018
    If the ceilings are peeling, I would check the humidity of the room. Is it a bath that needs an exhaust fan? Next, if that isn't that, I'd check to see if there is a slow leak somewhere - a pipe or even in the roof that is running down your wall. Hard to be specific with little information. Also, Ask your painter!

  • Missy Burch Missy Burch on Apr 23, 2018
    Make sure you don't have a roof leak. I just discovered we had a slow leak that way, from Hurricane Harvey-6 months after the storm. Now we have black mold to deal with. Peeling paint on my ceiling was the dead giveaway!