Just painting over mold won’t solve the problem.
It might look better until the mold bleeds through, but that is all.
Repairs must include actual removal of the mold, which means not just clean-up, but also elimination of the source, which is the leak; and handling any underlying microbial issues.
A cosmetic repair is just a quick and temporary fix. This is important to know as a home owner, but it is also important to know as a renter, especially if that renter has put their lives in the hands of apartment managers who attempt quick-fixes instead of actual remediation.
The video below demonstrates a clean-up technique for removing mold before painting.
How to Kill Mold Before Painting for Home Improvement —powered by eHow.com
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