Why is the paint peeling in my house?

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Are you having issues with your paint peeling on the interior of your home? Well, there could be a few possible reasons as to why that is.

Reason One: Improperly Applied Latex Paint over Oil Paint

A common mistake that we have seen in older homes is when someone has tried to cover an oil paint incorrectly with a latex based paint.

The correct way to cover an oil based paint with a latex one is to:

  • First sand off and remove the oil paint as much as you possibly can.
  • Then you’ll want to use an oil based primer or hybrid primer to properly seal the oil based paint.
  • Then you’ll apply the latex paint on top of the primer to cover. (Remembering to wait the proper amount of time between coats)
    If that primer wasn’t applied in between or this was not the procedure followed when covering an oil based paint, this could be the reason your walls are peeling.

Reason Two: Improperly Cleaned Surface

Before any painter paints a wall, he should be making sure the wall is clean, and making sure it is sanded. Simply put, paint doesn’t stick well to dirt, oil, grease or other things that might be on walls, so making sure you don’t apply paint to dirty walls is important. Also, sanding the wall before applying paint, gives the paint a rough surface to latch onto better, therefore making it stay longer.

If your walls weren’t cleaned, or sanded before paint was applied on them, this could be the reason for your paint peeling.

Reason Three: Poor Quality Paint

Your paint peeling could be as simple as the paint on your walls being a poor quality paint. Certain paints are just simply more durable than others, and bond better with different materials. This is why it is important that when you hire a painting contractor that you make sure they are using a good quality paint made by a reputable vendor.

Reason Four: Trapped Moisture

Unfortunately in some circumstances, there could be a flaw in the drywall work that allows moisture to come through your walls and cause your paint to peel. If this is the case, you would have to remove the paint from the affected area, let that area then dry out, and then proceed to properly seal the area with the correct primer and paint so that the issue doesn’t become a recurring one.

How to Fix Peeling Paint

If you can’t tell yourself which of these might be the cause of your peeling paint, the best option is to have a interior painting contractor come into your home and assess the problem. Most professionals provide free quotes anyways, so this is a simple and easy action to take if you’re not sure.

Book a free estimate with Next Level Painting by calling us at 306-270-6701 or clicking the button below. We’ll be able to help you figure out exactly what’s making your paint peel.

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