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How to Paint Over Water Stains on Walls & Ceilings in Westhampton Beach, NY; Dry, Prime & More

Water stains on the ceiling and walls can be left behind from recent rains or plumbing damage.  Having the eyesore staring them in the face is something most homeowners are annoyed with.  To remove or conceal these water stains are something that comes to mind.  The water stains can potentially be painted over to conceal these unsightly stains is the good news.   Before these water stains can be painted over, however, there are a few things you need to do.  Considering this, we at L.W. Winslow Painting, Inc. would like to offer some suggestions on how you can effectively paint over water stains left on your ceilings and wall. 

Stop Water Leak               

The first thing you need to do is have whatever caused the water leak repaired before you begin your painting project.  The water stains will just continue to get water stains over the coating of paint and you will have a continued cycle of repainting over the stain in the event is left unrepaired, or the repair is if poor quality.  Before taking on the painting project, make certain the source of the leak is efficiently repaired.  Usually a roof leak is where the water stains on the ceiling come from, so start looking around a vent, a vent pipe, the chimney, or other such feature that water can easily penetrate.  A professional roofer can inspect and make sufficient repairs.  Generally due to the deterioration of the caulk, the decayed or faulty wood, or there is an issue with the door or window itself is where the water stains near or around the door or window.   A professional can assess the issues and get the problem addressed.

Dry Water Stain Before Painting               

You might have a leaky pipe that will need repairs if water stains are along a wall where there are water pipes for an appliance or fixture.  A professional can detect the source of the leak and make the needed repairs.  Make sure the water stain area is completely dry after the repairs have been made.  The paint application will not be a success should any plaster or drywall not be fully dry. To expedite the drying process, use towels to dry any standing water and implement dehumidifiers. 

Treat Mold on Walls & Ceilings Before Painting

The mold will need to be effectively killed, in the event you spot any mold, which indicates a long-term leak.  It is in your better interest to avoid mold killers that are toxic and eliminate risking harmful exposure, so contact a pro to ensure the mold is efficiently removed. Also, a professional can tell you if any sections need to be replaced should the mold be too severe.  Causing health concerns with long-term exposure, the lingering mold will also deteriorate materials it is growing on. 

Prime Before Painting               

If you skip this step you will see the water stain through the paint, once the area is fully dry and mold problems are taken care of, prime the surface with a stain-blocking primer.  Select a high-quality interior paint from there.  You will have to repaint the whole surface, even if you match the existing color of the wall or ceiling.  Blending a patch can be a challenge and will look obvious.

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If the drywall needs any repairing, our experts can take care of that and deliver a quality paint job to ensure that the water stain is efficiently painted over, call in the experts of L.W. Winslow Painting, Inc

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