“I have a peeling plaster ceiling” or “our plaster ceiling paint peeling off, what should I do?”. These are common calls we get from clients specially in Burlington and Oakvile area. . It might feel like the sky is falling in your home, but fear not. We know how to fix a peeling plaster ceiling. Before we talk about how to fix it, let’s talk about why it happens.
Peeling plaster ceiling – why does it happen
The peeling plaster ceiling could happen due to a leak, high humidity, or the age of the house. It doesn’t matter the cause, the steps you take in repairing are the same.
Your safety is important. We need to take all precautions before getting started to fix your Peeling Plaster Ceiling. Make sure the work area is ventilated. Use a stepladder and if possible, have somebody hold the ladder for you when you are working. Wear a dust mask when you are sanding. This will prevent you from inhaling the fine pieces of paint or old plaster.
While scrapping the peeling paint from your ceiling or when applying paint on ceiling, wear safety goggles. The paint may drip, especially the undercoat, and may get into your eyes. It could cause serious long-term damage and you don’t want that.
If you have an older home in Oakville, Burlington and Hamilton, keep in mind that old paint may contain lead. It can be dangerous. If you are not sure , keep these reminders in mind before fixing your peeling plaster ceiling:
- Children and pregnant women must not work with any lead paint. They should stay away until everything is done.
- Work on one part of the house at a time. Seal the work area from the rest of the house. This includes any heating or ventilation ducts.
- As we spoke about above, everything in the room must be removed, or covered. Use two sheets of plastic and all seems taped. Use duct tape.
- Gear is important. Wear disposable coveralls, shoes, hair coverings, goggles and a good fitting respirator. Only High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) respirators can filter lead dust and fumes. Paper or fabric dust marks will not do the trick.
- As our body can’t ingest lead, do not eat, drink or smoke while working.
- After fixing your peeling plaster ceiling, make sure you clean up properly. Before leaving the work area, get rid of coveralls, and remove dust from your clothes with a HEPA fitted vacuum cleaner. Shower as soon as possible, as you don’t need to spread lead dust around your home.
Let Get it Done! Fix your Peeling Plaster Ceiling
We’re almost ready. We need to make sure that you have all the tools and materials needed to fix the peeling plaster ceiling. There’s a lot. It’s a very particular project, and it calls for specific things. At the very beginning, you will need a 4-inch sparkling knife. You will also need, paint, a paint brush, 80-grit and 120-grit sandpaper. Make sure you know the difference between the two.
To get even more specific, you will need matte paint. Also, a stir stick, paint roller, flashlight and water. Grab a bucket. You will be mixing paint and water together in one step.
Peeling Plaster Ceiling – Preparation
To get started, we are going to need some muscle and move all the furniture from the room and drape a dust sheet on the floor. Now that’s done, prepare the surface for the new coat of paint. To do this, we will need to say goodbye to the old and remove all the old paint.
How to Repair Plaster Ceiling
Use a 4-inch sparkling knife to pry off paint that’s still grasping on for dear life. Make sure to have a roller pan underneath the knife to catch the falling paint.
Sand the surface lightly with an 80-grit sandpaper to remove all those spots that don’t look good. Go over them with sandpaper. This time, use 120-grit sandpaper to make it smooth. Grab your flashlight. Shine it over the surface of the ceiling. This will make it easier for you to see the imperfections as it will bring them to your attention. They’re sometimes hard to see with your naked eye. This step is very important as it will affect directly how your ceiling will look after painting the whole ceiling. So spend enough time and be a little picky on that.
Peeling plaster ceiling – Applying an undercoat
Paint Peeling Plaster Ceiling
This step stops moisture damage from happening (and prevents future peeling plaster ceiling). The undercoat increases the longevity of your new paint on the ceiling. You will need to mix together 3 parts matte paint and 1 part water in a bucket. Use your stir stick to mix. The mx thins down the paint so we can use it as an undercoat.
Apply the thinned paint to the ceiling using a paint roller and nylon paint brush. Make sure you completely cover the edges. Let it to dry for at least six hours.
Contact Us For A Free Peeling Plaster Ceiling Repair Estimate!
Thank you so much for reading Carter Painting in Burlington and taking our tips on how to fix a peeling plaster ceiling. Be safe and take all precautions. Grab the right tools and get to work. If you’re ever unsure about how to do this, or don’t feel comfortable, you can always call us to do it for you! It’s never too late to jump into the wild world of home painting, and we’d love to be your guide to fix a peeling plaster ceiling anywhere in Hamilton, Burlington or Oakville.