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Here’s Why Paint is Peeling in Your 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.

Can’t remember to turn on the bath vent fan? This humidity sensing vent fan can do it for you.

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Video Transcript


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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    Thomas Boni Says:
    July 18th, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    Hi, Janan!

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has listings of resources that help tenants understand their rights. Here’s a direct link to the state listings: https://www.hud.gov/topics/rental_assistance/tenantrights
    Good luck!



  • Janan Dean Says:
    July 15th, 2018 at 8:12 am

    I’m in a rental house where the paint is chipping & peeling in the bathroom, after living there less than a year. There is a fan that is connected to the light in the bathroom for moisture. This is not something the landlord will deal with. How do I know he did the job right the first time, if its already falling apart. How do I know if I am safe?



  • Jeff Says:
    June 2nd, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    We painted over white wall board with an expensive good quality satin finish with primer added in that was supposed to be great for moisture. The paint is just pealing off just by touching it. Should I have used semi gloss? It’s a very small bathroom. And the paint has a lifetime warranty. Please help!



  • Dianna addison Says:
    January 25th, 2018 at 11:56 am

    I have an above ground pool needs to come down do you have any ideas for reuse the steel circular base?



  • Lily Says:
    January 2nd, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    Same question as above….
    I have run into the drywall in the shower area. How do I approach dryway?

    Thank you.



  • Mark Says:
    July 21st, 2017 at 10:23 am

    *** Same questions as to the above ****

    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.



  • 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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Here’s Why Paint is Peeling in Your Bathroom