I recently moved to a 1955 house and tried to sort out the ceiling in the bedroom. It looked pretty bad but was sound. I sanded it down and removed all the loose paint, and decided to give it a skim of plaster. I painted it with PVA and when I came back there was a few bubbles appearing so I scraped off all the loose paint, some parts came off easily back to the, I assume, original grey plaster. I re-PVA'd the ceiling and skimmed with a thin coat of plaster. Came back and there were more bubbles. Scaped off every loose bit and gave another skim, more bubbles appeared. Every time the ceiling gets wet there seems to appear a different patch of loose paint. When I try to get it all off I can't, I even tried a wall paper stripper. Should I use a chemical stripper or is there something that I can paint on that will penetrate the old paint and fix it to the old surface better?
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