Painting Over Water Damage

Water damage can occur in any home whether it’s new or old. Some are caused by damages from the elements, others from simple things like a leaking bathtub. Some people wonder if you can paint over water stains. The answer is yes, but there are a few steps to follow.

Repair the Leak

Before you paint, it’s important to ensure that the source of the water has been resolved. This could mean fixing the leaking roof, pipe or bathtub, otherwise you would have to repaint every time it rained or leaked. Generally, if the water spot is on your ceiling, it’s likely to be a roof leak and should be repaired by a professional roofing contractor. If the water damage is near a window or door, it could be caused by faulty caulking which an experienced painting contractor can help you resolve.

Dry the area thoroughly

Before painting over water damage, the area of drywall must be completely dry. You can help the area dry by running a fan or dehumidifier in the room where the water damage is present.

Eliminate any Mold

When water damage occurs, it can often result in mold growth. Mold needs to be eliminated before it has a chance to spread to other areas and continue to grow. This is best done by a professional contractor since the sprays that are used to kill mold or mildew can be toxic. Often times, the damaged piece of wall or ceiling needs to be removed and replaced.

Prime the Area

Using a stain-blocking primer, prime the area where the water damage occurred. This is a crucial step that cannot be skipped, otherwise, you may be able to see the stain through the new paint


Now that all of the other areas have been addressed, you’re ready to paint. To ensure an even coat of paint and avoid being able to see the difference in colour, it’s best to paint the entire wall or ceiling rather than just the small area.



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