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Plaster skim causing blistering paint in bathroom??

Postby YouTarzanMeJane » Fri Jul 03, 2020 10:59 am

I am in the process of moving the sink in my bathroom and on removing the tiled splashback found that the previous tiles had been laid before a previous plaster skim. We had had problems with the wall paint blistering which we had assumed was maybe because there was too much vinyl-y paint stopping the walls from breathing properly, but now are wondering whether the additional skim may be the issue? If so what is the solution? Obviously there is no skim in this area (it is now back to the original wall - the tile marks you can see are presumably the original tiles not the ones we just removed) but there still is across the rest of the room and we recently had the chimney that passes through the room removed so that has been plastered and some has obviously been smoothed over onto the original wall meaning that transition now has 2 layers of extra skim. Is this likely to be the problem with the blistering paint? What can I do now to avoid it again in future?
And following on from this, how to I fill the thickness to level off the wall? Most of it won’t have the new splashback on it so ideally I want to back to a nice smooth wall. Is there anything I can do myself or do I need to get it properly plastered?
The red circles area on the pic is the bare brick, with the original plaster on top, then above it, circled in green, is the additional skim and the blue shows the recent transition overlap where the old chimney was removed.
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Postby stoneyboy » Sat Jul 04, 2020 11:01 pm

Looks like you have 4 layers of finish plastering on your wall. Ideally you should hack the layers back to the original wall and get the whole replastered.
You could try doing patch repairs but use a bonding liquid before you apply anything.
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