I have a bathroom in my basement. There are no windows in the bathroom, but
I have a 110 cfm fan. I have sanded, primed and painted the drywall ceiling
above the shower 3 times and each time the paint has cracked and peeled. Any
Thanks for your suggestions. Here are answers to your questions:
Yes I removed all of the previous paint. I used an all purpose Behr primer.
I used Behr latex paint.
Yes the fan is working fine. It's a brand new Panasonic 110 cfm fan -- the
room isn't that big so the fan is plenty.
Mildew isn't the problem. It's the paint bubbling and peeling.
Removing the drywall isn't an option -- too much work and too expensive . I
know how to paint, but I'd have to hire someone to remove the drywall and
install new cement board.
First...just for the heck of it, have you checked the fan exhaust to make
sure it is venting out of the bathroom? You know, like maybe some
birds/animals have the pipe blocked.
Have you tried using OIL BASE primer with latex over. Or better yet oil
base primer & paint? That is how you seal a wall that has had wallpaper
painted over. The latex paint bubbles if it's not over oil base.
Just a thought. See if others think this may be a good approach.
Your problem is the drywall, so being in denial about it won't solve
the problem. First of all, drywall work isn't any harder than
painting. Secondly, you probably have the wrong kind of drywall over
the shower. It should have been green board. Cement board is nice, but
may be overkill. Just put up the water resistant green board or
similar, use a setting type mud and fiberglass tape, sand smooth and
paint and enjoy the result. Get some quotes on the work if you're too
busy to DIY and IMO you'll find it isn't all that pricey. Good luck.
I too use to think having a fan was good, however, I found that it had
to run afterward too. So I installed a timer, and let the fan run
about 15 mins after showers/baths. This about eliminated all moisture
tom @ www.FreelancingProjects.com
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