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.
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.
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.