The ceiling paint in my bathroom drips a brown oily film that covers e

by Dre30488454
My house is old and needs a total makeover. Whenever we shower or bathe, the brown gunk from the ceiling paint runs down and makes a constant brown mess. Im always wiping and scrubbing. What kind of paint can be put over that might keep this from happening.

  8 answers
  • It could be ingredients from the paint or just from a buildup of smoke or dust. The first thing I would do is install an exhaust fan to deal with the condensation. Then clean the ceiling and walls and see if that solves the problem.

  • Zard Pocleeb Zard Pocleeb on Jul 05, 2018

    You’re not at the painting stage yet. You first need to find out what the substance is, and where it is coming from. If you only paint the substance will still be there, and the wall will stain again. It could be a leak in your roof, which is very important to fix. After it is fixed you can use a stain blocker such as Kilz, then it’s paint time.

  • Carroll Carroll on Jul 05, 2018

    If you have lead paint that could be dangerous.

  • Shuganne Shuganne on Jul 05, 2018

    Unless your ceiling is brown or the water coming out of the shower head is brown, I'm going to guess you've got a leaky roof and the brown oily film is tar from the shingles seeping in over a Kilz-type paint.

    If you think this is wrong, please take pictures so we can maybe identify it better. Part of your makeover should include an exhaust fan venting outside through the ceiling or wall.

    Thanks for asking Hometalk!

  • Sharon Sharon on Jul 05, 2018

    I would have someone inspect the attic, have critters like racoons or squirrels moved in, or do you have a bat colony up there? or is there a hole in the roof and its leaking. And I would have that paint tested for lead, you can buy a cheap kit at the hardware store. Once you have that solved, then you can repaint, I would prime with Zinseer B-I-N in case its old bead board above thats bleeding wood resin, then paint with a gloss white enamel.

  • Dianacirce70 Dianacirce70 on Jul 05, 2018

    Your house might have previously been owned by smokers. Wash the walls and ceiling well, then use a semi-gloss ceiling paint. If you are the smoking household you will just need to wipe down occasionally so the tar does not drip when it gets humid/damn.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Jul 05, 2018

    Hi! I'm more concerned what the gunk is! Could it be mold? I've never seen paint make a mess like that, unless it was something draining. I would look into what it is, and improve air flow/venting.

  • Ginny Ginny on Jul 05, 2018

    If you keep the door totally closed when using the shower you will have the "stuff" run down from the ceiling.