Peeling and Chipping Paint: What Should I Do?
It’s frustrating when your beautifully painted wall starts to peel or chip. There are a variety of reasons why paint may begin to peel or chip. Luckily, you can fix this issue pretty easily on your own. Learn how from the Wright paint department at Wright Building Center.
Why does paint peel or chip?
Before you can repair the paint on your wall, it is important to understand the reasons why the peeling chipping happened in the first place. The biggest reasons why this happens usually have something to do with how the wall was prepared before painting.
- The wall was dirty or oily. Before painting, you need to clean your wall so that the paint can properly adhere to the wall.
- The wall was not primed. Unless the paint you are using has built-in primer, you need to prime the wall before painting.
- Primer was applied, but not properly. It may have been applied unevenly or in too thin of a coat.
- Paint quality was poor. Paint stops adhering well as it ages, so make sure that your paint isn’t too old.
- Moisture in the wall. If there is excess moisture in the wall, it can cause the paint to bubble and peel.
How do I fix my chipped paint?
Painting over chipped paint is a temporary fix. If you want a more permanent solution, it is recommended to repaint the entire wall. To begin the repair, start by removing the old paint, being sure to wear a mask and safety goggles while doing so.
However, if your home was built before 1978, it may have lead paint on the walls. In that case, do not remove it yourself and call a professional.