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How to Prevent and Repair Peeling Paint in a Bathroom

By: Danny Lipford
Peeling paint above shower surround.

Peeling paint is common in bathrooms, especially near the shower.

Peeling paint is a common problem in bathrooms due to the high humidity and moisture found there. To keep bathroom paint from peeling, run a bathroom fan that’s vented to the outside every time you shower or bath, and keep it running for 10-15 minutes after you’re through to expel as much of the moist air as possible.

To repair peeling bathroom paint:

  1. Use a scraper to remove any peeling paint.
  2. Sand the area smooth with medium grit sandpaper.
  3. Prime the area with a moisture resistant primer.
  4. Caulk any joints between the wall and adjoining areas, such as the shower surround.
  5. Apply two coats of a quality eggshell or semi-gloss that’s made for high moisture areas.

Watch this video to find out more.

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Danny Lipford: Jennifer asks, “Why do I have peeling paint in my bathroom?”

The reason you see so much peeling paint in a bathroom is because there’s more moisture in this room than any other room in the house. So that’s why it’s so important to use your bath vent fan every time you take a shower. And for 10 or 15 minutes after your shower, let it run and make sure you’re getting rid of all of the moisture.

But then, when it’s time to attack some of the peeling areas like this, first of all you want to scrape all of the excess peeling paint off. Then you want to sand it a little bit. Then apply a coat of primer to all of the problem areas. Then make sure you use a good quality caulk to caulk wherever the drywall touches your shower stall or tub area.

After that, two more coats of paint and I would suggest using either eggshell or semi-gloss to really provide a more washable surface and one that’s a lot more resistant to moisture.


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  • Sol Says:
    January 30th, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    As I am scraping the paint, some areas of the peeling paint fall away down to drywall, some do not. How do I approach this?

    Also, running around the top of the fiberglass shower, there is a 2″ or so plastic rim between the shower itself and the drywall. What is this? How do I approach this while scraping? How do I approach this in preparing for new paint?

    Thank you.

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How to Prevent and Repair Peeling Paint in a Bathroom