Why is my newly painted ceiling peeling?

Dear Hardware Guys

I recently painted the ceiling and walls in my bedroom. The walls came out great, that's not the problem.

I applied two coats of paint to the ceiling--it was white, so I painted over it with a white ceiling paint. The first coat was fine, and I waited 24 hours to apply the second. When the second began to dry, it started to crack and peel.

It's been three days, and I still see new areas that are chipping. I think it's much like a body rejecting an organ. What do you think happened? My theories include too much humidity, bad paint, painting over an oil-based (though I don't know why the ceiling would be), or aliens.

If I sand, plaster the uneven parts, prime and then paint again, do you think that will remedy the problem?

Wondering in the Woods

Dear Wondering,

Your ceiling problem could be caused by a number of factors, mainly something was on there that the paint didn't want to stick to. To solve this it's going to take some extra work and time.

First you should scrape off all the loose and peeling paint.

Then get some Red Devil One Time spackling and apply it to the areas that have peeled and cracked. Mixing the spackling with a little water and spreading it on with a wide plastic putty knife makes this easier.

Working in small areas at a time, let the spackling dry about 15 minutes.

Then take a damp sponge and lightly go over the area to wipe off the excess spackling. This will eliminate sanding. After this has been done to the whole ceiling, let it dry completely, at least overnight.

Next you need to put a coat of BIN primer sealer over the whole ceiling. BIN is an alcohol-based primer, so be prepared for a strong smelling, runny paint. It will go on thin, but this is okay.

After the coating of BIN has dried, about an hour, you can top coat with your, or any other ceiling paint.

Hope this helps you out,
The Hardware Guys