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Old 03-14-2002, 05:34 AM
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Painting over mildew

We need to paint the ceiling of our bathroom because of the mildew that is there. All I can think to do is to scrub it with bleach first. Does somebody know of a better way? Do I need to use an anti-fungle paint? I've used bleach before but the mildew has come back.:mad:

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Old 03-14-2002, 06:03 AM
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Hi Sue,

You do need to clean it very well with bleach before your paint. Also make sure that it is very dry before you put the new paint on. I think, I would ask about an anti-fungal paint at your paint store. I know they exist for these situations, but I don't know of a brand name.

Health wise, it is very important that you get the mildew out of your house. My sister had a similar problem and it caused all sort of health problems for her family. She and her daughter now have asthma as a result, even though the mildew has been gone for a couple of years. According to her doctor, mildew and molds can set up an infection in the body that is very difficult to treat. He suggested wearing a mask and gloves to clean the mildew away, so you don't breath or touch any of it.

Sorry, if I sound all "dooms day", but I thought you should know. I wouldn't want anyone to go through the same thing my sis is.

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Old 03-14-2002, 06:24 AM
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One of our bathrooms has no ventilation in it at all!! Why the builder would put a shower in a room like that is beyond me! Anyway we do get a lot of mold in there and we had to clean it really well and then we bought a primer kind of stuff at Home Depot tht keeps mold from coming back through your paint. I don't remember what it was called but I can post back later with the name when dh gets home from work. After the primer stuff dried we painted and we haven't had a problem with mold in over a year.
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Old 10-16-2003, 06:13 PM
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mildew on bathrooms walls- help?

We have no fan in the bathroom, only a window, and every few months, mildew starts above the tub/shower stall on the walls. We have textured walls, so its a pain to scrub, but I do it anyhow. (Really irks me, dh wont do it) any one know of a special paint or something to prevent this? Asside from wiping the wall down after everyshower. Its like just one more thing for me to clean!!!
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Old 10-16-2003, 10:01 PM
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I know that you can buy some kind of special bathroom paint that has a mildew blocker in it. They sell it at Home Depot. Thats all that I know about it though. Sorry that I cant offer more info.

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Old 10-17-2003, 06:10 AM
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We just re did our bathroom and yes you can get mildew resistant paint espicaly made for bathrooms and kitchens. This time we bought through Sherwin Williams (coupon), but I know I have seen at Home Depot. Good luck I used to have wallpaper on my ceiling ( not our doing) boy did it get nasty!
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Old 10-19-2003, 11:04 AM
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that is good news

Im not much of a painting conesuer- but that mildew resistent paint sounds great. Ill clean the walls, and the bathroom will be painted after I get our bedroom done. Thats the plan for next weekend, while dh is gone hunting. yeah, I may buy new floor rugs too for it- really spruce it up. thanks for the replys.
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Old 10-20-2003, 06:35 AM
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blushing Mildew

The name of the mildew paint is KILZ. It can be found at Home Depot, Lowe's, Wal-Mart or just about anywhere paint is sold.
Another thing - if you have ceramic tile and mildew grows in the grout - X-14 is just about the ONLY thing that will stop the growth. Just spray it on (with a mask) and wipe it off! Works great!
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Old 10-26-2003, 02:47 PM
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We have a mold problem in our bathroom too. it seems to grow up high on the walls towards the ceiling. And it is also in the silicone sealant. I wash the walls down with bleach when it gets bad, but it wont come out of the silicone. I wonder if theres a special silicone sealant to use as well?
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Old 10-26-2003, 07:19 PM
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Hi. We had this problem and painted about 4 years ago with something we bought at Lowes...its called Perma White Bathroom Mildew Proof Paint....we had it tinted. and it also had a small name in the corner "Zissner"
Good luck!
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