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Question by gabe
Submitted on 11/13/2003
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I own a home it Pittsburgh, PA.  When I bought the home the bathroom was recently wall papered.  After a year or so I noticed that the wall paper had mold growing through it.  The bathroom did not have a ventilation fan. I removed the wall paper using wall paper glue remover (I think it was another Zinsser product), and scrubbed the walls using bleach and water to remove the mold.  I installed a ceiling fan with exhaust that leads to the outside.  I then primed the walls and ceiling using BIN and painted using bathroom paint.  After several months the primer and paint began peeling away from the plaster walls.  I scrapped the peeling paint and used joint compound to fill in the imperfections.  I then primed and painted again. After about three months the same problem occurred; this time with the joint compound coming off as well.

I suspect the problem is moister pushing the primer and paint off of the plaster.  I have checked for moister.  There is an attic above the bathroom with cellulose blown insulation.  I checked and this and it is dry as a bone.  Since I have added the ceiling fan, and use it when showering, I do not believe the moister is the result of  over insulation.

The plaster  under the peeling paint looks yellow.  I suspect it be old wall paper glue.  Can this be the source of the problem?  If so, if I skim-coat with fresh plaster will it stick and will the problem be solved? If not, do you have any idea what is causing this problem?

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