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The Difference Between Damp Proof Paint and Anti-Condensation Paint

Although they seem very similar, damp and condensation are different issues and require different solutions. Hence, there is also a significant difference between damp proof paint and anti-condensation paint. It does boil down to the same thing: moisture is either finding a way into your property or cannot find a way out. A healthy property needs to breathe, with good air flow and ventilation. A little dampness and moisture is natural, it’s when the excess has nowhere to go that the problems start. To understand what type of paint you need, damp resistant or condensation resistant, you will first need to understand which of the two issues you are dealing with.

This post has been updated, incorporating some frequently asked questions from Rawlins Paints’ customers, where the products recommended can be found here:

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Damp or condensation?

Damp is caused when the building structure is lacking protection from moisture coming from outdoors. This could be a crack in the wall or a damaged roof tile that has been compromised and is letting rain in instead of keeping the rain out. Thus, damp is caused from water or moisture finding its way into your property when it shouldn’t have.

Condensation-Problems

Condensation is caused by a lack of ventilation or little movement of air. Condensation is most common in areas with poorer air circulation, such as bathrooms or kitchens. You can tell by your windows and walls whether certain rooms have optimal ventilation. If there is an issue with the air flow, your windows will very easily fog up and you will find droplets forming on your walls and ceilings that will be difficult to get rid off again. Thus, condensation is caused from water not finding its way out of your property.

Whether you are dealing with damp or condensation, the implications and resulting issues are similar. Both problems can cause mould to form. Mould thrives in humid, warm environments, and so it loves places that are damp or have condensation. The mould will not just be limited to your walls, but could also spread to your plasterwork, furniture, and clothing. On top of that, mould is detrimental to your health and could cause health issues related to your lungs and airways. If you already have a weakened immune system, mould could create even bigger issues. On top of that, the mould could also create a rather unpleasant odour. The good news is; these are issues that can be tackled!

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How to tackle damp issues?

A tell-tale sign for damp is often peeling wallpaper and crumbling plaster. This is a big indicator that there is a source of wetness penetrating your walls and creating problems. Often, this is caused by an external source. For example, a broken roof tile, overflowing gutters, a badly fitted window. Dampness can also crawl its way up, so if you have a badly insulated basement, it’s important to keep an eye on this. You could be dealing with dampness long before you realise, as it could take a while for a damp patch to show on your walls for example. Dampness can usually be smelled before you can see it. So, if you are dealing with a persistent stale and stuffy smell, dampness could be the cause!

If you are dealing with some type of leak that is allowing water and moisture in when it should be watertight, a paint like Zinsser Watertite is a great solution for internal usage. This damp resistant paint is designed to keep water out your property, can be applied to wet areas and helps to protect your property from fungal degradation. On top of that, Zinsser Watertite paint comes in a wide variety of colours. If you are dealing with a leaky roof that is letting water in, Rust-Oleum’s Waterproof Roof Paint will be a great solution. This waterproofing paint can also be applied directly to wet areas and in any weather conditions, so it’s perfect for quick repairs. It creates a protective elastic coating that keeps the water out. Both anti-damp paints will help you battle the issues that arise from damp. However, it is still important to ensure you tackle the cause for the dampness as the paint will only help to a certain point.

Regularly asked questions about damp

How can I stop damp returning to wall areas around furnishings?

If you are having problems with recurring damp behind shoe storage units in cupboards, chests of drawers or wardrobes, etc, leave the section of furniture out and increase the ventilation to this area (opening windows, doors, etc.) until the patch of plaster/wall surface has completely dried out. Then apply 2 coats of Zinsser Watertite directly to the bare plaster and then decorate as normal.

How can I prevent damp build up in a renovated basement?

As with all treatment of damp and condensation problems, remove all visible signs of organic growth and treat the areas with Zinsser Mould Killer & Remover in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and allow to dry.

In painted areas, clean down with Zinsser Universal Degreaser & Cleaner to remove any contaminants. Rinse thoroughly with clean water to remove all residues.

Prime all areas with 1 coat of Zinsser B-I-N in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and then, apply 2-3 coats of Thermilate InsOpaint Anti-Condensation Paint.

For additional protection you can apply a further 1-2 coats of Zinsser Perma-White Interior in your chosen colour and finish if you wish.

How can I prevent mould and damp on bedroom walls and ceilings?

Use Zinsser B-I-N for covering and sealing the ceiling stains, and then Zinsser Perma-White Interior for the walls.

How can I treat damp build-up on skirting boards from concrete floors?

Dampness may be coming up through the floor and into the wall, the skirting boards may be getting damp from the floor and wall.

Sealing the wall and floor with a suitable product will hide the problem for a time however the damp is likely to find its way out at some point in time.

You would need to remove the skirting boards and treat the surfaces, then re-fix the skirting. Blackfriar Interior Seal Damp is a simple sealer which can be effective in minor damp situations. 2 coats can be applied to both the floor and wall, (in the areas covered by the skirting, not the whole floor/wall). While the skirting boards have been removed these could also be painted on the reverse side with 2 coats of Zinsser Cover Stain followed by 2 coats Zinsser Perma-White Interior.

Note the skirting boards must be completely dry before painting. When re-fitting the skirting a small gap could be left between the floor and the boards, this will prevent the skirting from sitting on a damp surface.

These should all help but the long-term solution will be to sort out the damp problem.

How can I treat black mould patches on the wall behind a toilet?

This will be from warm air hitting a cold wall surface behind the toilet and condensing – leaving water droplets on the surface which is then forming mould over time.

We would recommend clean surfaces ensuring all existing paint is sound and free of dirt, dust, grease, wax, wallcovering adhesive, soap film, loose paint or other surface contamination. Remove all existing mould and mildew before painting – To do this, Zinsser Mould Killer & Remover directly on to the surface. Leave to dry fully before painting. Prime mould stained areas with Zinsser B-I-N and then apply 2 coats of Zinsser Perma-White Interior in the desired colour and finish.

How to tackle condensation?

If your exterior is watertight and so the moisture is coming from somewhere indoors, you are dealing with a condensation issue. Condensation is in big part an air circulation issue, where the moisture is unable to leave your property, resulting in droplets on your wall, windows and ceilings and it could also cause spotty mildew. Condensation is most common in rooms such as kitchens and bathrooms, but condensation could also wreak havoc in chimneys or even under your laminate or wooden floors when they are tightly fitted and leave no room for air circulation.

A combination of improved heating and air circulation will help solve issues with condensation, and industry experts including Best Heating are on hand to advise you on the best type of installed or portable radiators for short and long-term solutions. There are also various paints designed to work against condensation. A great anti-condensation paint is Thermilate InsOpaint Anti-Condensation Paint. Not only does it come in a variety of colours and in a 5l tin, but this condensation proof paint also works against issues like mould, blistering and cracking paint, discoloured walls, stains and peeling wallpaper. It only takes two coats for this paint to create a thermal insulation and a long-lasting resistance against mould. This paint can be used both on walls as well as ceilings. If you only need a small amount of anti-condensation paint and colour is not important, then Rawlins Paints also stock Coo-Var Anti-Condensation Paint, which only comes in white, but is stocked in 1l and 2.5l tins. This paint also provides protection against condensation and is ideal for smaller projects in bathrooms, kitchens or laundry rooms.

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Regularly asked questions about condensation

What should I use on bare plaster prior to using anti-condensation paint?

Apply 1-2 coats as required of Zinsser Drywall Pro 2 in 1 to the bare plaster and follow with at least 2 coats of Thermilate InsOpaint Anti-Condensation Paint in your chosen colour and finish.

Are anti-condensation paints the same as waterproofing paints?

Designed for use in areas of high moisture – kitchens and bathrooms – and providing moisture resistant finish, Thermilate InsOpaint anti-condensation paint is not a waterproofing product that will prevent moisture and damp from penetrating the walls from behind. If there is an issue with moisture and damp penetrating the walls under the paint coatings, we recommend using Zinsser Watertite, Sika Damp-proofing Slurry, Sikalastic 1K, or the Sika 1 Waterproofing System.

How can I prevent black mould growing on a kitchen ceiling?

The surfaces where the black mould is present must be thoroughly cleaned – sound and free of dirt, dust, grease, wax, wallcovering adhesive, soap film, loose paint or another surface contamination. To do this, clean surface thoroughly with Zinsser Universal Degreaser & Cleaner or a similar proprietary cleaner. Then spray Zinsser Mould Killer & Remover directly on to the surface. Leave to dry fully before painting. Once prepared, apply 2 coats of Zinsser Perma-White Interior in the desired colour and finish.

Which products can be used to prevent condensation build-up in a caravan or campervan?

If the surfaces are interior walls and ceilings that have been previously painted we would recommend that after cleaning and preparation, apply 2-3 coats of Thermilate InsOpaint Anti-Condensation Paint and for added protection add a finishing coat with 1-2 coats of Zinsser Perma-White Interior in your chosen colour and finish.

How can I prevent condensation and mould in the back of kitchen units?

For plywood kitchen units, all surfaces must be clean, dry and free from anything that will interfere with the adhesion of the materials to be applied:

Remove all visible signs of organic growth and treat the areas with Zinsser Mould Killer & Remover in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Allow to dry.

Prime all areas to be painted with one coat of Zinsser B-I-N Primer Sealer in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Allow a minimum drying time of 45 minutes in normal drying conditions.

Finally apply 2-3 coats as required of Thermilate InsOpaint Anti-Condensation Paint.

What is the best paint for condensation build-up on interior windows?

After cleaning and surface preparation, if you wish to paint the plastered window surrounds then we recommend Thermilate InsOpaint Anti-Condensation Paint. If you wish to paint the window itself – for timber, prime with Zinsser B-I-N, for uPVC prime with Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3. Then finish either primer with Zinsser Perma-White Interior.

Can anti-condensation paint be painted over?

Yes, if you use Coo-Var Anti-Condensation Paint, but be sure to allow Coo-Var Anti-Condensation Paint to thoroughly dry (5 – 7 days @ 20°C) before applying the wallpaper.

Don’t despair!

Condensation and damp, stains and watermarks are frustrating issues to deal with when they arise. However, don’t despair! There are various solutions that you can carry out yourselves to help minimise the risk of damp and condensation. If you require any further assistance when you are dealing with a damp or condensation problem and would like additional assistance to choose the right products, give our Technical Team a call, or drop us a line, for the latest information on the products available.

84 comments

  1. What would you recommend putting on bare old plaster in a bathroom before using the anti thermilate anti-condensation paint.

  2. I’ve recently had some fitted wardrobes built and the surrounding wall plastered. All of the plaster has dried apart from one large spot of plaster, around 10 inches in diameter, at mid height right next to one section of the wardrobe. I got the wardrobe taken down to investigate and its began to dry out which indicates ventilation issues. Apart from adding air vents how should I treat the damp spot to stop any recurrence when the wardrobes are put back?

    • Good morning Maria,

      Thanks for reading our blog, and for your question.

      To answer your question – leave the section of wardrobe out and increase ventilation (opening windows, doors, etc.) until the patch of plaster has completely dried out. Then apply 2 coats of Zinsser Watertite directly to the bare plaster and then decorate as normal.

      Is there anything else we can help you with today?

      Best regards.

  3. I have a kitchen with a condensation/black mould issue. The paint in the kitchen ceiling has flaked off and so could you advise what is the best paint to use for the ceiling. Anti damp paint was originally used which looks like it has stayed on ok, but the acrylic paint which was painted over has completely flaked off. Any advice would be much appreciated. Under the kitchen sink units are black mould too and so am looking to add ventilation as well as use the correct paints. All advice is much appreciated thank you.

    • Hi Thalia,

      Thank-you for replying to this post.

      To answer you question – Surfaces must be clean, sound and free of dirt, dust, grease, wax, wallcovering adhesive, soap film, loose paint or other surface contamination. Remove all existing mould and mildew before painting – To do this, clean surface thoroughly with Zinsser Universal Degreaser & Cleaner or a similar proprietary cleaner. Then spray Zinsser Mould Killer & Remover directly on to the surface. Leave to dry fully before painting. Once prepared, apply 2 coats of Zinsser Perma-White Interior in the desired colour and finish.

      Is there anything else we can help you with today?

      Best regards.

      Mark

  4. Hi there, we have a very old house with no damp course and solid brick walls. We have damp creeping either side of the chases made for our rewiring. We have windows open regularly and come the Autumn we will have a log burner burning. What paint can you recommend please. At the moment we just have emulsion paint on plaster

    • Hi Ali, thanks for your question.

      Coo-Var Anti-Damp Paint is a white, special low odour, efflorescence resistant resin based paint for application to damp interior walls and ceilings. Designed as a primer coat containing an active reagent which combines with surface moisture and dampness. Contains a biocidal product for the preservation of the dry film and discolouration reduction. Can be applied to plaster, cement and stone even when the surface is damp (not saturated) and can be overcoated with ordinary decorative paints. NOTE: This paint will not cure the cause of dampness.

  5. Would I be able to use this as a surface coating for inside a campervan please? I’m planning on having vents. Just want to aire on the side of caution and not end up with mildew. Any help would be appreciated.

  6. Hi there, we have a cupboard downstairs in our living room which we put our coats and shoes in. One of its walls is an outside wall. The problem we have is there is no ventilation and our coats and shoes and anything else we put in there goes mouldy. What can we use to help stop this happening? Thanks

  7. Hi I have condensation/damp in my basement bedroom….specially inside the built-in wardrobes….would it help if I painted then with ani damp paint? And if so which paint do you reccomend?
    Im quite desperate as my 3 year old and my 6 month old sleep in the same bedroom and I think it is affecting them.

  8. We have an ordinary internal room that we advised may benefit from anticondensation measures to help mitigate a possible condensation problem in the roof. Therefore rather than the standard white emulsion on the ceiling, if we painted your anticondensation paint would that provide a type of “vapour barrier” to minimise the amount of moist internal air entering the roof space.

    We also have another room which contains a small swimming pool…similarly would using the anticondensation paint limit humid air entering the roof space? the flat roof boards have softened and we think this is secondary to humid air entering the roof construction, unfortunately it is a “cold flat roof construction”

  9. Can your Insopaint anti condensation product be used on the back of kitchen units which are plywood.
    The units are only 2 years since installation but black mould is showing at the back of the cupboards and draws. The walls in the kitchen are single brick. The old internal rendering and plaster was removed and re rendered with a slurry then re plastered prior to the fitting of the kitchen.

  10. I have damp and we bought some anti damp paint once it is dry can I paint over it with normal painI

    • Good morning Jean,

      Is it the 1902 Anti Damp Paint which you are using? If it is this product, then yes, you can paint over it with normal emulsions.

      If it is not this product, or products available on Rawlins Paints, then we cannot completely advise you on whether they can be painted over – as different paints will have differing overcoating recommendations.

      Is there anything else we can help you with on this project?

      Best regards.

      Mark

  11. hello what do I look out for to know what i am suffering if its condensation ?? or damp
    the inside windows get wet, and the edges of the wall corners of thew window side get water droplets to it and black stains and takes off the paint

    • Good morning Dee,

      It sounds like a condensation issue (see the condensation section above, which details similar issues with moisture on windows and water droplets around the frame and surrounding walls).

      Best regards,

      Mark

  12. Hi, we have a top floor flat with a flag roof by the sea. The flats suffers from condensation and we’d ventilate the bedroom. However the far external wall has a damp patch that appears in the top corner and it dries out most morning, despite getting the cavity wall insulation topped up.

    What do you suggest to redecorate with?

    Thanks.

    Stephen

    • Hi Stephen,

      Improving the ventilation would be our first recommendation. If this cannot be done for any reason or is done and still doesn’t rectify the issue then the following options could help.

      • If moisture is coming through from outside then something like Blackfriar Interior Seal Damp could be tried but this will seal the wall and could make the condensation worse.
      • If you want a moisture resistant paint for the interior walls then Zinsser Perma-White Interior would be a good choice. Provided the plaster is completely dry, apply 2 coats Perma-White. This won’t stop the condensation but will prevent this soaking into the wall and ceiling.
      • For a completely breathable coating you could apply Zinsser Grade 1 to the walls and ceiling. This will allow the condensation to pass through into the plaster.
      • Finally, apply 3 coats of Thermilate InsOpaint Anti-Condensation Paint would help seal the wall and improve the surface temperature reducing the likelihood of condensation forming in the first place in that area.

      Best regards,

      Mark

  13. What is the best paint for interior windows which suffer from condensation?

  14. I’ve had new Windows fitted which have trickle vents, yet mould is still growing in patches around the ceiling, window and walls of my bedroom. Should I use anti damp paint or anti condensation paint?

  15. Hi
    I’m baffled with a damp problem in one corner of my conservatory. One corner shows damp through the paint under the roof section. I’ve taken damp meter readings which showed high and drew a line around the damp area affected. It has been like it for at least 3yrs even during hot summers, little rain with windows and doors open the paint has stayed wet, the affected has neither increased or shrunk in size!
    Ok, now here’s the baffling part, with a Stanley knife I cut a 6 inch square in the paint in two places in the affected area and peeled the paint off ( approx 3 coats thick) to bare plaster below, tested it with the moisture meter and it was bone dry!!??
    Any ideas what can be causing this weird situation?
    Thanks
    Bob

    • Good morning Bob,

      Without an industry professional carrying out a survey on the property we really have no way of knowing what exactly is causing this but from the situation you have explained it sounds like it may be condensation sitting on the surface of the paint in that area making just the exposed surface wet or it could be something as simple as a stain on the paint that looks like a damp patch.

      As a test to eliminate some possibilities I would suggest preparing the area by cleaning down, ensuring all existing paint is well adhered and removing any that isn’t and feathering back to a sound edge. Prime bare areas of plaster with Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Plus, then apply 2 – 3 coats of Coo-Var Anti-Condensation Paint, then redecorate the area to bring it back into the colour scheme as required.

      You can then monitor this area, if the issues re-occurs we know it needs further investigation in person, by a local specialist.

      Best regards.

      Mark

  16. I have a problem of damp coming through an unused chimney breast. The chimney only goes into the loft not through the roof . Any ideas please ?

  17. Hi,

    We have a small bathroom with a small window which I think is causing condensation issues. Occasionally we’ll find a layer of water across the walls, floor and windows (seems to always be in the evening/night) and the corners of the room / windows / ceiling have a small amount of black mould which keeps returning – we are assuming is a condensation issue.
    After reading your blog and comments we were looking to purchase the Thermilate InsOpaint Anti-Condensation Paint you recommend, but can we paint this directly on to the walls / ceiling on top of the existing paint? The paint used on the ceiling is now cracking and peeling, allowing mould to form in the cracks. We’d like to paint 2-3 coats on all walls and ceiling, but should we then cover with Zinsser Perma-White Interior? The bathroom gets very wet everytime we have a shower so want to find a good way to protect the walls before it gets any worse.

    Thanks!

    • Good morning Gemma,

      We have written another post on preparing and painting over mouldy surfaces, see here: https://www.rawlinspaints.com/blog/how-to-paint-over-mould/

      What you have suggested would be ideal after you’ve carried out the preparation explained in the How to Paint Over Mould blog post (obviously don’t apply the Zinsser Perma-White Interior from this blog post as you’ll be doing that at the end after the Thermilate product in your case). Apply 2 – 3 coats of Thermilate InsOpaint Anti-Condensation Paint followed by 2 coats of Zinsser Perma-White Interior (use Satin finish not Matt) in your chosen colour.

      Best regards.

      Mark

      • Hi we have a similar problem but without mould. I’ve already painted our bathroom with Zinsser Primer 123 on to bare skim plaster then 2 coats of perma-white interior Matt. We seem to get a lot of condensation watermarks on the wall after a shower. Should I buy and apply your thermal condensation paint over the already painted walls then apply perma-white Satin? Or can I just apply perma-white Satin over the perma-white Matt? Will the Satin hide the water drop marks?

        Thanks.

        • Good afternoon Brian,

          Thermilate (thermal condensation) products aren’t advised for the situation you describe. Using Zinsser Perma-White Interior in the Satin finish would certainly make the surface easier to clean/wipe down to remove the streaks, but wouldn’t make the surface resistant to water drops from steam sources in the bathroom.

          I’m sorry if this doesn’t completely remove the condensation issue you’re encountering, but it will provide a durable surface that is easy to wipe clean of water residue from steam – making it a more manageable solution that won’t discolour or affect the underlying substrate or undercoats.

          Best regards.

          Mark

  18. I have to tackle the area behind my kitchen sink unit which is of single brick construction and suffers from condensation and resulting black mould. I intend to clean off the black mould, but am unsure which of your products to use after that. The anti-condensation paint would seem to be most appropriate. Should I use this this on its own or in conjunction with Zinsser Perma-White?

    • Good morning Elaine,

      In answer to your question, using the Perma-White as well would be best.

      Please don’t hesitate to contact us for further information and advice.

      Best regards.

      Mark

  19. I HAVE A LARGE METAL SHED TYPE OVERHANG ALONG SIDE MY METAL BUILDING. IT IS ABOUT 10 FEET HIGH, 25 FEET WIDE AND 50 FEET LONG. IT IS OPEN AT BOTH ENDS AND IS BUILT OVER A CONCRETE SLAB.

    I HAVE AN OCCASIONAL PROBLEM WITH CONDENSATION……CAN ONE OF YOUR PRODUCTS BE SPRAYED ON THE UNDERSIDE OF THE SHEET METAL ROOF? I AM NOT CONCERNED ABOUT COLOR OR APPEARANCE.

    THANKS FOR YOUR HELP

  20. Hi!

    I have 2 older sliding glass doors in my living room. They do need to be replaced, but I’m not in a position right now to do that. Down at the bottom I get frost in the winter and the paint near each side of the doors has started to blister and flake. Will the anti-damp paint prevent this from happening?

    Thank you.

    Susan

    • Good morning Susan,

      The issue outlined does sounds like a damp issue, rather than a condensation problem. For this, we would recommend Zinsser Watertite. Zinsser Watertite is a waterproofing paint that is guaranteed to keep water out and contains a biocide that protects the dried coating against fungal degradation for a minimum of 5 years. Unlike other waterproofers, Zinsser Watertite waterproofing paint can be applied to dry, damp or wet surfaces, so water problems can be cured immediately. It can be recoated in just four hours and dries to a smooth, bright white, non-yellowing finish that resists dirt and dust pick-up.

      If there are any other questions you have about this recommended product or the area of damp around the sliding glass doors, do please let us know.

      Best regards.

      Mark

  21. Just brought a property with a single skin brickwork bathroom downstairs and no ventilation. There is no damp, however there is a condensation problem and mould. What do you recommend to rid of the condensation and mould and how to do this, and what paint/s thereafter to protect against condensation and mould in future?

    • Good morning Roxanne,

      Thanks for your question. As highlighted in the article, under “How to tackle condensation?”, the product recommendations would be Thermilate InsOpaint Anti-Condensation Paint or Coo-Var Anti-Condensation Paint (which is only available in white).

      Best regards.

      Mark

  22. Hi there, we have a top floor flat and have awful condensation issues on our north-facing living room wall, mainly in the colder months. We keep the flat well ventilated (and we have a dehumidifier) but the real problem is that the wall is very cold to the touch and also we have a flat roof above the ceiling, so the room/ceiling loses a huge amount of heat and of course triggers condensation.
    I am going to redecorate during the warmer months, and I will use an insulating wallpaper liner on the walls before painting. Can you recommend the best paint for the ceiling? I need something that can withstand the fluctuating temperatures and is moisture resistant. I was even considering using a paint designed for exterior walls. Previously, I have touched-up the paint in the worst corners of the ceiling, and the paint has peeled off shortly after. I am worried the whole ceiling will start peeling if I choose the wrong paint!
    Many thanks
    Katy

  23. Any advice please for a minor damp problem. Interior bedroom wall shows minor damp patch (light yellow/brown) only behind one picture frame near to an opening window. The existing paint is not flaking or peeling. It is an exterior wall NW facing. The flat is third floor so without an extensive external inspection we can’t fix any exterior problem right now (we will when external decorating is due). After cleaning the patch it is now a very light yellow. The room is well ventilated. We will be decorating all the walls with 2 coats of Vinyl Silk.

  24. Hi, I have a built-in wardrobe, completely interior .. the back is the wall of the laundry, which in turn is interior, and the doors are in the small area outside my bedroom. I have washed it, painted the walls (drywall), put perfumed hanging airfresheners, but it smell funny, and my clothes get the smell of damp and have to be re-washed. I live in a warm place, leave wardrobe doirs open quite a bit, have a dehumidifier, use a silicate dehumidifier on the shelves, and even my boots have gone mouldy! What should I paint it with,mand would it get rid of the smell?

  25. If i use Condensation paint on a bedroom wall by a window can i wallpaper over it.

  26. Hi Mark, I see you are very helpful to a LOT of people. I am hoping you will help me, too.

    The external walls in two of the three bedrooms have started to show small water spots (not wet to the touch, but I think it’s damp spots) quite evenly spaces across the whole surface. This makes me think the water is seeping in through the old brick walls. Could it also be coming through the roof? I’ve had it fixed supposedly but wanted to check.

    Sealing the outisde of the house is an expensive long term project, but for the interim, which paint is best to use inside the bedroom? I would probably use Magnolia if I could, or white if that’s not possible.

    Thank you!

    • Good morning Rosie,

      As a temporary solution, the Coo-Var Anti-Damp Paint should be suitable for these internal areas (walls and ceilings) – there’s more information on the product datasheet – here. It’s available in white, here. It can be overcoated too, if you choose to go for a magnolia finish later, after resolving if the issue is from the roof or outside walls.

      If you’ve any other questions, do let us know here, or on our Facebook page.

      Best regards.

      Mark

  27. Hi, one of our bedrooms is North facing with two exterior walls. We think we have both damp & condensation problems. There are two fairly large patches of damp on the ceiling (lightly artexed) and mould on wall paper. We have removed the wallpaper and there is no mould on the walls behind it. We have also had our roof repaired which should help. Would you please advise which products to use to cover the marks on the ceiling and help prevent mould growth when we redecorate? Thank you .

    • Good morning Heather,

      For this, we would recommend Zinsser B-I-N for covering and sealing the ceiling stains, and then Zinsser Perma-White Interior for the walls. I’ve linked to both products below, where you can see the colour options and finishes available:

      Is there anything else we can help you with today? Don’t forget that you can follow us on Facebook, here, too.

      Best regards.

      Mark

  28. Hi we have square bay window with steep pitched metal roof. House is circa 1910. Roof looks bit shabby but is not leaking and structurally sound. What should we use to prime paint finish? There’s lot of confusing info out there so really appreciate your advice! We would like matt/chalky finish in dark grey/black to match front door. Thanks! Sian

    • Good morning Sian,

      Without knowing what the type of metal the roof is it’s hard to advise – but one of our most popular exterior metal roof/cladding coatings at this time of year is Rust-Oleum Mathys Noxyde Pegarust. If you download the TDS (Technical Data Sheet) from the ‘DATASHEETS tab on the product page you will find advice here on preparation and priming.

      Please let us know if there is anything else we can help you with.

      Best regards.

      Mark

  29. Hi,

    We have condensation on th back stairs of our flat. We are having it skimmed shortly and we have been advised to put a waterered down mist coat of emulsion on before applying a coloursed emulsion on top.
    My question is if i would put the condensation paint on first before the mist coat or would the condensation paint do the same job as the mist coat?

    • Good morning David,

      The sealer coat needs to be applied to the new plaster as advised by your plasterer, then once on and all is dry you can finish with your choice of Anti-Condensation Paint.

      Please let us know if there is anything we can help you with.

      Best regards.

      Mark

  30. Hi
    I had recently installed a built in cupboard to one of the alcoves in the bedroom, which is an outside wall. After a few weeks there was mould all over the back panel. I’ve taken the cupboard out. The wall although not wet had mouldy patches and slight damp where the skirting board was. There was no ventilation into the cupboard. The wall surface is prepainted. The windows in the room usually gets wet when it’s a cold day. What is the best thing to do before I fit the cupboard back to the wall?
    Your suggestions will be most welcome.

  31. Hi, have just had new skirting boards added to a basement room. A small amount of damp comes from underneath (despite best efforts to solve the source) and has started to mark the wood. What are the best gloss products to prime and paint the skirting with to try and reduce the probable long term effects?

    • Good morning Mr Coates,

      There isn’t a long term solution to this as far as a paint system is concerned.

      Assuming it is a concrete floor with plastered walls, dampness may be coming up through the floor and into the wall, the skirting boards may be getting damp from the floor and wall.

      Sealing the wall and floor with a suitable product will hide the problem for a time however the damp is likely to find its way out at some point in time. You would need to remove the skirting boards and treat the surfaces, then re-fix the skirting. Blackfriar Interior Seal Damp is a simple sealer which can be effective in minor damp situations. 2 coats can be applied to both the floor and wall, (in the areas covered by the skirting, not the whole floor/wall). While the skirting boards have been removed these could also be painted on the reverse side with 2 coats of Zinsser Cover Stain followed by 2 coats Zinsser Perma-White Interior.

      Note the skirting boards must be completely dry before painting. When re-fitting the skirting a small gap could be left between the floor and the boards, this will prevent the skirting from sitting on a damp surface.

      These should all help but the long term solution will be to sort out the damp problem.

      Please let us know if there’s anything else we can help you with today.

      Best regards.

      Mark

  32. Many Thanks Mark.

  33. Hi, we have a 30s solid brick house. In one room we have a wet spot about a metre and a half up the wall. I found this sport after removing a built in wardrobe. I think it may be a slight crack in the white rendered wall outside. I am considering painting the wall thinking that should be good enough to seal any cracks. The internal wall has hairline cracks in the plaster. I put a dehumidifier int he room and it drew nearly two litres of water in a day. The wall is now dry so I would like it to paint it. What do you think about the possible cause of the wet?

    Thanks JOhn

  34. Hi, I have a ensuit shower room in an 1850’s stone built house (walls about 50 cm thick). We get black mould high up on the two exterior facing walls and around the window so I’m looking for recommendation from your range. (The room has a vent but it doesn’t have a fan – I plan to instal a fan in the existing ducting). I assume that I don’t want to seal the walls but use a paint / treatment (ideally white) that allows the stone wall to breath? Your help would be greatly appreciated, Steve

    • Good afternoon Steven,

      Thanks for your question. In response:

      Treat the mould thoroughly, ensure the walls are completely dry then apply 2 coats of Zinsser Grade 1. As well as an extractor fan, ventilating the room after using the shower etc will keep condensation to a minimum.

      Please let us know if there is anything else we can help you with.

      Best regards.

      Mark

  35. I tried to submit a previous message, no idea if it went through because apparently I am a robot!

    I am looking for advice on whether I am have damp or condensation and of course what to do about it.

    I have a black spotty patch on the wall behind my toilet in my bathroom. I am not sure if it’s damp or condensation – I have a well ventilated bathroom with an air-vent, extractor fan and a window (single-glazed) and so I am leaning towards it being damp. Although again, I am unaware of any exterior issues that could be causing moisture to enter the bathroom. Any suggestions on how to determine which it is?

    Which do you think I have? And what do you suggest I do about it?

    Thanks

    • Good morning Nadine,

      It sounds like this will be warm air hitting a cold wall surface behind your toilet and condensing – leaving water droplets on the surface which is then forming mould over time.

      We would recommend clean surfaces ensuring all existing paint is sound and free of dirt, dust, grease, wax, wallcovering adhesive, soap film, loose paint or other surface contamination. Remove all existing mould and mildew before painting – To do this, Zinsser Mould Killer & Remover (here) directly on to the surface. Leave to dry fully before painting. Prime mould stained areas with Zinsser B-I-N (here) and then apply 2 coats of Zinsser Perma-White Interior in the desired colour and finish.

      Please let us know on here, or our Facebook page, if there’s anything else we can help you with.

      Best regards.

      Mark

  36. Hello
    I have a condensation problem I think .I have a bay window on the first floor of my house which has new double glazed windows fitted
    Underneath the windows is timber panels dating back about 100 years
    On the inside of these panels pi have condensation forming in the coldest months of the year
    I am intending to repaint the exteriors/interior of these panels in the summer
    Can you recommend a suitable paint for this and do you think this will solve my problem ?
    Thanks Simon

    • Good morning Simon,

      To help resolve the issues you’re having with these areas we would recommend using Thermilate InsOpaint Anti-Condensation Paint internally and Zinsser Perma-White Exterior externally.

      Both products are available to order right now on our site, links contained above to the product pages.

      Best regards.

      Mark

  37. Hi,

    I have a converted cellar which has not been decorated for some 15 years. In the cupboards that house the gas and electric meters there were some signs of what looked like brown foxing on the lining paper/woodwork. I have removed the lining paper, and can see no obvious damp penetrating the plasterboard so have used Zinsser Gardz to seal the plasterboard and would like to know what paint would be best to use inside the cupboards (on both the plasterboard & woodwork). I have also added more ventilation to the cupboard to prevent any more problems

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