How to Deal with Peeling Paint

Peeling Paint

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One of the most common problems with paint is peeling. If you’ve been searching painting blog posts on how to deal with peeling, you’ll be glad to know that the situation isn’t completely hopeless. There are inexpensive ways to deal with peeling paint.

It’s usually caused by insufficient preparation of the surface, low quality paint, or moisture. Whatever the cause of the problem, it’s crucial to try and repair peeling paint before it gets too bad.

If you want to attempt the repairs yourself, here are a few guidelines to get you started:

Before you tackle the problem areas, you must first identify the source of the problem – especially if it’s being caused by moisture. If there is a leaky pipe or gutter problem, repairs must be made. Give the peeling area a few days to dry so that you can begin working on it.

Make sure you are working with the right tools. You’ll need a paint scraper or stripper and plastic covering. Sandpaper may be required as well so that you can fine-grit the surface for a smoother finish.

Determine the type of paint that was used to begin with. If moisture isn’t the cause of the peeling, the quality of the paint may be. If this is the case, you do NOT want to use the same paint again. Talk to professionals and read painting blog reviews on brands to learn about the high-quality paints.

When it’s time to remove the peeling paint, you’ll need to use the tools. There are several options available for paint strippers: gel, liquids, pastes, etc. The product you need depends on the type of paint used on the walls. However, certain paint strippers should only be used on regular paint. If you are dealing with lead paint, you cannot use certain chemicals. A professional should be called in to handle lead paint.


When taking the loose paint off, you’ll want to run a wire brush over it. A good oscillating tool and scraping accessory will help you remove difficult sections of chipped or peeling paint. Don’t rush through the process; take your time and completely remove all of the paint around the affected area(s). For safety purposes, it’s recommended that you remove paint as much as 12-inches away from the peeling area.

Any remaining paint should be removed with medium- to fine-grit sandpaper. Just as you would paint from top to bottom, it’s best to remove paint from top to bottom. Watch out for dust, as it may settle all over the surface area. Use a dusting cloth to remove it all before repainting.

To prevent peeling from occurring again, it’s essential to seal the wood with a good sealer. Follow the instructions carefully when applying it to the surface. Keep in mind that sealers require several hours to dry.

Whenever the surface is completely dry, smooth, primed and ready to go, it’s time to repaint. If you only removed paint from the affected areas, be careful when trying to blend the new paint with the existing paint. If you’re not good at blending, consider hiring a professional painter.