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How to Fix Peeling Paint

Peeling paint is hard to ignore, and can detract from the overall look and freshness of your interior.

It can be caused by a number of things: excess moisture, lack of surface preparation, dirty walls, or a mix of oil and latex paint, to name a few.

Unfortunately, there’s no easy fix for peeled or blistered paint. You’ll need to implement each of these six steps to ensure your repaint is smooth and long-lasting.

1. Remove the Peeling Paint

Once you’ve prepped your area (covered furniture and flooring), you’ll need to remove the uneven paint. A wire brush or paint scraper should do the trick. Ensure you eliminate all signs of peeling paint, from the large strips to the smaller lumps and bumps.

2. Make Repairs

Depending on the severity of your peeling paint, you may be left with cracks or holes in your wall or ceiling. These must be repaired before you continue. Remember to allow any patching compound to dry completely.

3. Create a Smooth Surface

Using fine-grit sandpaper, remove any bumps or grooves to create a smooth, even surface.

4. Clean the Wall

Clean the wall thoroughly using a damp cloth (add detergent if your wall is especially dirty). Allow the wall to dry completely – if you don’t, your paint will peel again.

5. Prime the Wall

This step is very important if moisture was the cause of your peeling paint. Purchase an appropriate primer and use according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

6. Paint

Finally, your wall is ready to be painted. Apply one or two coats as needed, and use painters’ tape if necessary. Allow to dry and voila – good as new.

Peeling Paint: Before and After

We see cases of peeling paint all the time, and we know exactly how to fix it. Check out this before and after from a job in Deception Bay.

Peeling Paint Before

Peeling Paint Before

Peeling Paint After

Peeling Paint After

The original gyprock on the ceiling had never been sealed, causing the paint to peel and flake. We scraped, sealed, patched, sanded and repainted. Looks much better, don’t you think?

Peeling paint is a common paint problem. If you need peeling paint fixed, and don’t want to go through the hassle yourself, give us a call on 07 3829 5735 or fill out the form on this page for a fast, accurate quote.

1 Comment

  1. Henry Ford on 05/31/2017 at 11:06 am

    I hired a local painter to repaint the interior of a newly purchased house. All the ceilings in the home were ok/normal,except for one small area over cupboards where the paint was peeling.After the job was finished I remember the painter telling me he had put enamel paint on the lounge-dining-kitchen areas..Since then these ceiling areas have peeled badly.I can’t get the painter back as he is quite abusive etc.This house is about 55 years old,and I suspect the original unpainted ceilings maybe asbestos sheeting.I am 84 y.o. I scraped off the peel when it first appeared,then it started peeling again.Any advice to fix this problem would be appreciated.Thanks

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