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Old 05-23-2018, 12:57 PM   #1
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I'm renting a home from a family friend and I've agreed to help him fix up his house for a minor reduction in rent (10%). I've been in the home for a few years and I've been having MAJOR issues with painting his walls.

We've painted the 2nd floor of his home, but the paint bubbles in spots and won't stick even after priming in other spots (just peels off as we roll over it). I've attempted to push the bubbles down, use an iron, and even gotten to the point of removing and replacing drywall altogether to eliminate the issue.

The problem is, this seems to happen on every other wall in his entire house. I suspect it's a moisture issue and we're trying to get him to fix the roof (this house has had major moisture issues - roof leaks, broken plumbing (house has the flexible plastic pipes from the 80's), previous mold issues, etc). Are we just spinning our wheels with attempting to paint the place or is there a solution like Gardz that should work to allow us to continue painting while not addressing the moisture issues (which is beyond our skill level)?

We are almost done painting upstairs after weeks and weeks of pushing through these issues (where this task should've taken days). We have a few trouble spots where we've just replaced the drywall altogether, but in doing so we've opened up some new repair places next to those new sheets that now are exhibiting similar problems. Where does this end?...

We've also had similar problems in the bathroom downstairs. We painted a half bath at least a half dozen times before giving up and replacing all of the drywall - the paint was fine after that (after a year of messing with it).

This whole house is like 2 steps forward, 1.95 steps back.... There HAS to be another way!

Any help would be much appreciated.
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There could be a lot of things causing these problems it would be hard for us to diagnose it from our computers. I would say the most common causes of things like that are moisture problems (if you have that much moisture all over, I would expect mold as well), surface contamination (nicotine from heavy smokers, weird cleaners, etc), and adhesion issues due to painting over glossy oil paint (either this time or previous paint jobs). If it is peeling down to bare drywall, it could be a failure of the initial prime coat on the drywall.

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