How to Fix Peeling Paint

Perth homeowners are often more likely to run into problems when it comes to maintaining their exterior walls. With high humidity and sunny weather, making it difficult to ensure perfect conditions, it’s common to find peeling paint around your home.

As tiresome as the maintenance can seem, our Delicate Painting Professionals have put together five easy steps to follow when your paint is peeling off from walls. 

Be warned that even the best paint job will still require maintenance over time. That’s because water will eventually break into your exterior wall. It’s recommended that homeowners will do checks annually. Peeling paint may indicate leaks and poor ventilation of specific areas. By undertaking inspections on time, you may save a lot of money. Fixing your peeling paint will also keep it from active spreading. 

Step One

Identify the area where your paint is peeling. There may be several reasons why this is happening in your home. As mentioned above, humidity is one of the major factors as moisture sneaks into the surface and causes paint to peel. Other reasons may indicate to dirt left on the wall surface, rough weather conditions when the original painting job was undertaken, and situations where Acrylic paint is applied on top of oil coat. If you have this sort of situation or you are unsure what causes your paint to peele, speak to your local painting professional. 

Step Two

Once you’ve identified the problem, prepare your work area. Always make sure to use safety protective gear when working on peeling paint. Set aside glasses, mask and gloves depending on the situation. You will also want to cover a plastic trap to protect your flooring and remove any objects and furniture to avoid possible damages.

Step Three

Clean the surface. To begin this process, you’ll need to take paint scraper and remove all peeling paint. Pro tip! Move on to the next spot when the paint scraps off more difficult. Then, take a wire brush and give a good sweep at the scraped area. Make sure to use the brush over the edges of the peeling area, if the paint starts to peel again, you will need to go back to the first step.

Step Four

Repair and fix any damages. Now that you’ve removed all excess paint, it’s time to examine the surface. To fix any cracks or holes apply a thin layer of filler product using a flexible putty knife. Fill the area and extend the filler out for sanding. Before applying the filler, make sure to read the manufacturer’s user manual as they will say how long filler will dry. 

Step Five

Smooth out the surface. Use fine-grit sandpaper, either electric or manual, to smooth down the surface. Be careful not to take too much off!

If you followed these steps above, you should be now ready for the painting process. If you have any questions or you require local painters to finish your surface, contact us. Alternatively, read our post about how to prepare a surface for painting.