Q:

What should I do if the paint is peeling from the bathroom ceiling?

A:

To fix bathroom ceiling paint that is peeling, it will first need to be sanded or scraped. The first step in the refinishing process is recreating a smooth surface.

Step 1:

To begin, a drop cloth should be placed on the floor to catch paint chips and protect bathroom surfaces. If ceiling lights are in place, they should be removed. Use a paint scraper to go back and forth over the ceiling to remove as much paint as possible.

Step 2

Next, a hand sander or a disc sander with 60, 80 or 120-grit sanding discs should be used to sand the entire surface, paying extra attention to major areas where the paint has chipped. It's important to start with a coarse abrasive and finish with a fine one, making sure the ceiling is as smooth as possible.

Step 3

After sanding, the large gouges or problems areas should be filled with spackling or plaster compound. After filling the holes, the area will need to be sanded again to recreate a smooth surface. When the sanding is finished, the ceiling should be wiped with a damp sponge to remove dust and excess debris.

Step 4

Once the prep work is done, homeowners can begin the repainting process. Using a primer before painting can save time as less coats of paint will be required. After letting the primer dry completely, the ceiling will be ready to be repainted.


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