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Sound preparation is vital to prevent peeling bathroom paint

Dear Glenn: We have a peeling paint problem on the ceiling and walls in our master bath. When we painted last, we used a Benjamin Moore high gloss latex paint with a mold inhibitor. The painter was instructed to repair all drywall damage from the old wallpaper, prime and seal with Grip and Seal and then paint. We suspect he didn't prime with the Grip and Seal but don't know. Thus, to remediate the moisture issue, we first replaced the exhaust fan with a new 100 cfm Panasonic and had it vented outside thru the roof.

Now we're ready for paint and are unsure of what will prevent the peeling. We heard about a rubberized paint or primer that's supposed to hold up against bathroom moisture. Do you know about it and if so, what do you think? Or can you advise how to prevent this peeling problem?

Dee, Plymouth

Dear Dee: Since you have used Benjamin Moore paint, you should look at Benjamin Moore Aura Bath & Spa paint. It is optimized for hot, steamy and humid environments, and you will never need more than two coats. Sound preparation is vital. Remove loose paint. Check by using a sticky part of a Band-Aid pressed against the paint and pull off with a jerking motion. If the paint comes off, more prep is needed.

Note: This article was accurate at the date of publication. However, information contained in it may have changed. If you plan to use the information contained herein for any purpose, verification of its continued accuracy is your responsibility.

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