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Is there a kind of paint or wallpaper for a bathroom that won't peel due to steam/moisture?

Asked by occ (4080points) July 1st, 2007

My parents keep having to re-do their bathroom every 2 years--no matter what kind of wallpaper or paint they use, it begins to peel after a year or so. The building's superintendent told them that if they take long hot showers the steam will ruin the paint. This doesn't make sense to me because I know a lot of people who take long hot showers and the paint doesn't come off their walls. Has anyone experienced similar problems and is there a steam-resistant paint out there that would do the trick?

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Perchik's avatar

I saw something on trading spaces the other day about one kind of paint that's better for bathrooms, I want to say it was latex paint, but I'm not 100% sure on that. I'll google around and get back to you.

andrew's avatar

You also need to make sure that you completely strip the old paint from the ceiling... if you repaint over steam-damaged paint, you have nothing to adhere to and the paint will peel.

sarahsugs's avatar

Good ventilation would help - a fan or open window or both, to give all that steam a place to go.

peggylou's avatar

I've had good luck with vinyl wallpaper and the adhesive for it.

girlfriday's avatar

there's some kind of mildew-resistance chemical you can add to paints. There's also a good de-mildew cleaner that leaves a mildew resistant film on the wall/ceiling that works for months. unfortunately, i don't remember the name for either. :( brain like a sieve...

Perchik's avatar

I was in home depot the other day and I noticed that they make a "bathroom and kitchen paint" that is specifically for kitchens and bathrooms. It can handle a lot of moisture, and it's easy to clean.

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