Painting over water-damaged ceiling

5 Apr 2004
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United Kingdom

I put a new kitchen in last year (in a ground floor flat) but after just three months the dimwit upstairs has managed to flood his kitchen and damage my ceiling:

I have a suspicion that if I just paint over this the water marks will just show through again. Anyone got any ideas? (It seems to have dried out thoroughly - happened a month ago).

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Give it a couple of coats of oil based white undercoat then emulsion it
Water stains will come thru if you paint a hundred times, There are stain blocks that you can buy in an areosol can but if your doing a larger area as Zamp says a cheap oil based undercoat works fine, bit smelly but... I use a 4 " fluffy roller sleeve and a small tray rather than use a brush.
A coat of damp proofer and then one of white paint should have that covered up no probs
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It will go yellow though over time and show up against a white emulsion.
Thanks Zampa

I would have just painted over and sold up if possible but you and others have said the stain will just keep showing through.

The local council have agreed to put the damage right under their builldings insurance. Unfortunately they are not interested in moving the benefit-spongeing, care-in-the-community ****** who deliberately did the damage. :evil:

thanks for reassuring what I'd heard


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