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chrys23
painting ceramic like plaster walls

we are frustrated with painting. we have a 1929 4 square with original plaster walls. they have a ceramic feel to them when they are bare. we prime and paint them and they peel.

please any suggestions would be great.

Tacoma John
Re: painting ceramic like plaster walls

Sounds like a moisture problem. Did you scuff the surface before priming or painting the walls? Please give some more info. What type of primer, where is it peeling?, kitchen, bath or all over? What type paint you use? Is the paint that you applied peeling or the paint underneath pulling up too? Sorry need more info.

chrys23
Re: painting ceramic like plaster walls
Tacoma John wrote:

Sounds like a moisture problem. Did you scuff the surface before priming or painting the walls? Please give some more info. What type of primer, where is it peeling?, kitchen, bath or all over? What type paint you use? Is the paint that you applied peeling or the paint underneath pulling up too? Sorry need more info.

I started out with Kilz latex based primer followed by Benjamin Moore latex paint. Our first project was the closets. There was a light powdery film (felt like baby powder) on the surface. The guy at the paint shop said that it was normal for older houses and suggested using TSP to clean it. After cleaning it, I then primed and painted. It peeled the first time I painted it. Cleaned it with a razor knife. Repainted with latex based primer, with latex paint. Seemed to work ok.
Moved to bedroom ceilings, two bedrooms primed with latex Kilz primer, painted with Benjamin Moore, no peeling. Master bedroom, same process, 3/4 of ceiling peeled. Gave up.
Previous owners had painted the kitchen ceiling. Part of that ceiling peeled also. Not sure of their process. The ceilings are a cement plaster with a small skim coat of white plaster. The finish is very smooth and not porous at all.

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