Peeling paint – causes and how to fix

Peeling paint – causes and how to fix

Peeling paint is a common problem we come across as a Master Painter Sydney. Veiny lines down the walls, cracks, holes and even strips of paint falling off the surface on walls and trim is something no homeowner wants to see. Whilst it’s easy enough to identify peeling paint, finding the cause of the problem is a bit harder. These are the top three reasons why paint can peel.

Water-based paint over previous oil-based paint

Did you know there are different types of paint? While it’s widely understood that there are different brands and products of paint, most paint brands offer products in both water and oil based. Each type of paint has its pro’s and con’s for different uses. Where it gets difficult is if an oil based paint has been used. If you weren’t involved in the previous paint job (perhaps you just purchased the home), you need a Master Painter Sydney to help identify what paint type was used before applying a new coat. If you apply a water-based paint over a previous oil-based coat, your paint will likely peel. This is one of the leading causes of peeling paint.

Moisture & dampness

Water is the enemy of a lasting paint job. Moisture can cause all sorts of problems, including peeling and bubbling, and make paint impossible to dry. After rain or high humidity levels can cause the adhesive properties in paint to weaken and your paint won’t dry evenly.

Inadequate preparation

If walls haven’t been properly cleaned and primed, it can cause peeling paint. Over time, our walls accumulate dirt and dust. This dirt and dust often goes unnoticed until you take time to properly wash your walls. As a Master Painter Sydney, we thoroughly wash all surfaces prior to painting. What’s more, if it’s a brand new surface you will need to seal and prime to ensure walls are protected and that your new coat of paint sticks.

How to fix peeling paint

Fixing peeling paint can be a challenge, as you need the skills to know what caused the peeling in the first place. A Master Painter Sydney will quickly and easily be able to identify and rectify the problem for you. Depending on the problem, a professional painter will usually strip or sand back the peeling paint surface. Then, any necessary repairs will need to be patched and fixed. After any holes or cracks are sealed, it’s time to sand back to achieve a smooth surface. Then, depending on the original cause of the peeling paint, specialty primer might be used, or the correct based paint will be applied.

If you have peeling paint problems, Summit Coatings can help identify the cause and fix your issue. We are multi-award winning Master Painters Sydney and have been trusted for over 30 years to deliver high quality painting works. Contact us today to arrange an obligation-free consultation.

Robin

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Robin

Robin Ottowa is a 3rd generation, German-born, Australian-raised Master Painter who first began painting at the age of 17 with his father. In 1995, Robin founded Summit Coatings in partnership with his wife Conny. His vision was and continues to be delivering premium results at always competitive rates.