Why is the paint peeling in my house?

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Are you having issues with peeling paint inside your home? It could be happening for one of the following reasons.

Reason One: Improperly Applied Latex Paint over Oil Paint

It is common to find latex paint peeling in older homes. This happens when someone has tried to cover oil paint and didn’t know how to do it properly.

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

  1. Remove as much oil paint as you can
  2. Sand the surface
  3. Use an oil-based primer or hybrid primer to seal off the leftover oil paint
  4. Apply the latex paint on top of the primer (Remember to wait the proper amount of time between coats)

If this process was not followed, it could result in peeling walls.

Reason Two: Improperly Cleaned Surface

Paint doesn’t stick well to dirt, oil, grease or other things that might be on walls. It can peel if it goes on a wall that wasn’t cleaned or sanded first. Sanding is important because it gives the paint a rough surface to latch onto. A paint job that skips these steps isn’t likely to last.

Reason Three: Poor Quality Paint

The peeling paint could be of poor quality. Certain paints are more durable than others, and bond better with different materials. You should always make sure that a painter uses good quality paint before hiring.

Reason Four: Trapped Moisture

There could be a flaw in the drywall that allows moisture to come through and causes your paint to peel. In this case, you would have to remove the paint from the affected area and let it dry out. You will need to seal the area with the correct primer before you repaint it so the issue doesn’t happen again.

How to Fix Peeling Paint

If you can’t tell what’s causing the paint to peel, it’s best to talk to a professional. An interior painting contractor can 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. We’ll be able to help you figure out exactly what’s making your paint peel.

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