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Surfactant Leaching

Concentration of water-soluble ingredients on the surface of a latex paint, typically on a ceiling surface in rooms that have high humidity (e.g. shower, bathroom, kitchen). May be evident as tan or brown spots or areas, and can sometimes be glossy, soapy or sticky.

Possible Cause:
All latex paint formulas will exhibit this tendency to some extent if applied in areas that become humid (bathrooms, for example), especially in ceiling areas.

Wash the affected area with soap and water, and rinse. The problem may occur once or twice again before leachable material is completely removed. During the curing process, it is also helpful to allow the paint to dry thoroughly (5-7 days) before using the shower. Remove all stained areas before repainting.

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