Happly holidays to those who celebrate them. Happy work day to those who don't.
I usually do but today is my first christmas workday ever....short of building some new toys I'm so new here I have to finish reading the rules. I have a potential interior nightmare and need professional advice. I have pics, going to check the rules on that asap before I post them. I have 17 years painting experiance. I started in state funded projects for low income communities and have worked in 1 mansion, many high end homes. Alot of new construction and new businesses. All as an employee with a fair share of side work. Things were well for many years. Recently things aren't as well...So there's a little hitory on me. Oh yeah, I Love TOH just never got involved more then reading some issues and catching a few shows when I can.
So the problem at hand is an upper hallway cieling. The paint sagged and ran very bad. I believe it was a moisture/humidity issue. The house is prone to moisture for starters. I primed the whole interior (cielings/walls) 6 hours with a premium primer. The home owner has had some unsavory characters working here unfortunitly. The most recent pair told him it was because the surface temp was to cold. I have seen their work, one of which robbed the home owner of excessive materials. The other guy is still on site for other paint related work. But their work as a team so far has been less then decent.
Exterior temp around time of application 30ish degrees with light wind.
primed 5 rooms on lower level walls/cielings
primed 3 hallways walls/cielings
premium latex primer (havent checked the rules for advertising stuff)
second level is unfinshed and as of this post im unsure if it's insulated (owner keeps it locked and was away when I went to inspect the issue). It does however have brand new windows. No heat. It does get cold up there. Now, before I did this area, the doorway was open for several hours and the heat on the lower floor was set @ 72. I vented via 1 window and periodicly opening a door. I didn't feel a fane in the window was a good idea as it was cold outside. Now by the time I got to this area, I closed the door and hit the cieling. Sprayed for another 2-3 hours the humidity felt like any other spray job. Before I left I did a quick inspection of course. Everything looked fine. As good as drying primer will look...I come in the next day and not only did this cieling sag it ran alot. The cieling is not in contact with the roof. It's on a slant as this is an upper stair well. Only the cieling ran, the upper walls (verticals) didnt run at all, they look fine. Nothing anywhere ran or came out unexpected. So I'm trying to figure out if this is a surface temperature issue or a humudity moisture issue. The upper level has been closed since (4 days now) and of course feels cold. Once I did leave, I did lower the thermostat to 60 to save energy ( I always do that) but would think that would help the humidity after I lefted and locked up. If anyone wants to take a stab I'll figure out how to post the pics. Or go back to trying to enjoy christmas. Grrrr
found a way to show my pics
also note i did not paint the exterior, that painter did a blow and go and never finished (hence no shutters).
Other laborers worked in here prior to my arrival, you may notice other little things like painted hinges, etc. I know and it's not me.