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A. Spruce
Re: Paint splitting/cracking in our bathroom

It is likely excessive moisture build-up that is not being vented. Install an exhaust vent, open a window, or leave the door open and utilize a desktop fan to clear the moisture from the bathroom.

The cure for the paint is to float out the damaged areas, retexture, prime, and paint with a good quality semi-gloss or gloss paint. semi-gloss/gloss finishes resist moisture better than flats and matte finishes.

MBeach
Re: Paint splitting/cracking in our bathroom
A. Spruce wrote:

It is likely excessive moisture build-up that is not being vented. Install an exhaust vent, open a window, or leave the door open and utilize a desktop fan to clear the moisture from the bathroom.

The cure for the paint is to float out the damaged areas, retexture, prime, and paint with a good quality semi-gloss or gloss paint. semi-gloss/gloss finishes resist moisture better than flats and matte finishes.

We don't have an exhaust vent, so moisture does build up and bead on the ceiling. Thanks for the direction!

As always, thank you sir!

A. Spruce
Re: Paint splitting/cracking in our bathroom

You're welcome. :cool:

dj1
Re: Paint splitting/cracking in our bathroom

MBeach,

If you don't have an exhaust fan, you must have a window that opens.

I have a 4x1 window in my shower, which I never shut, which works well. Just don't tell the thieves.

jkirk
Re: Paint splitting/cracking in our bathroom

i back these two 100% on this. they know their stuff:cool:

A. Spruce
Re: Paint splitting/cracking in our bathroom
dj1 wrote:

Just don't tell the thieves.

I'm tell-ing, I'm tell-ing!!!! ;):p:D:D

MBeach
Re: Paint splitting/cracking in our bathroom
dj1 wrote:

MBeach,

If you don't have an exhaust fan, you must have a window that opens.

I have a 4x1 window in my shower, which I never shut, which works well. Just don't tell the thieves.

We have a window in our shower, but we only open it after the shower is finished. Since the window is at waist level and isn't caulked shut, we have a basic cut down shower curtain that hangs over it.

I think I've got to decide if I should piecemeal this bathroom upgrade or get it all done at once, since it needs other work as well! :)

RockyChristine
Re: Paint splitting/cracking in our bathroom

Oh hey, that sounds like my bathroom. Most of the windowsill paint is peeling and so are the walls. I don't have a fan, so I'm thinking it's moisture also? Leaving the window open does help a little.

dj1
Re: Paint splitting/cracking in our bathroom

That's right, RockyChristine, it's plain logic: you must remove moisture and steam out of the bathroom and keep the place well ventilated to avoid pain problems, mold and many other problems.

jeffcat
Re: Paint splitting/cracking in our bathroom

One of the many reason old double hung windows were created was for showering/bathing examples such as this. It does make it somewhat difficult in cold weather but dropping the top window as the hot moisture rises and vents out through the top of the room is the best method. On larger rooms, it might be more useful to install a vent or have a fan handy to push the moisture out.

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