DIY - peeling paint - advice wanted


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Hi all,

I have a room that was previously a bathroom that will now be a wardrobe. As it is a Victorian house there is cornice round the ceiling / top of wall.

The cornice, due to water I think, has now got paint that is cracking on the surface. I think it is old gloss paint as well and I want to finish it with emulsion. I also suspect there is some mould on there as well (so a lot going on there).

I am wiping it down currently with a view to put 1 or 2 coats of BIN stain and mould blocker on it. However I am not sure what to do about cracking?

Is best approach to give it a light sand where it is cracked to remove the flakes? Is there anything else I should do?

I then planned to apply the bin paint, then super grip undercoat x2 (used in bathroom on gloss cornice and worked a treat) before applying the emulsion?

Anything else I should consider?


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Oh here are a couple of pics...



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I would certainly remove all loose flaking paint. Then with fine sand paper feather edges to blend.

Edit: any cracks as opposed to flaking paint, I would slightly open then apply filler before finally rubbing down.

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