Peeling paint can make a room or a house look bad or even unkempt. When you have peeling paint, you are going to want to fix it as quickly as possible. However, fixing peeling paint is not as easy as simply painting over it.
The texture of the peeling paint will not be solved by adding another layer. If you do add another layer on top of peeling paint, it will not cover the peeling part or it will make the area look bubbly or chunky. Before you go to repaint a wall where the paint has started to peel, make sure that you prepare the wall properly first.
Tools to Fix Peeling Paint
There are a few things that you will need to gather before you start to fix a wall that has peeling paint. You will need a scraper, sandpaper, putty, a putty knife, and a cleaning rag.
Depending on how badly the paint is peeling, you might not need a scraper. If the peeling is only mild, you could use sandpaper to remove the peeling paint from the wall instead of the scraper. With more severe peeling, you will need to use a scraper.
Remove the Paint
First, you will need to remove the peeling paint from the wall. Use your scraper and start with the largest chunks of peeling paint. Scrape the paint from the wall and if you have small patches of cracked or peeling paint remaining, you can remove those with a bit of sandpaper.
Make sure that you have removed all parts of the peeling paint before moving onto the next step or the wall might not be smooth when you are finished.
Cover the Area with Putty
To patch up the wall after you have removed the paint, spread putty on the area that you had just scraped. Make sure to dust off the area you scraped with a rag before putting the putty on the wall to ensure that it will stick well.
Then, once you have given the putty enough time to dry, you can use the sandpaper to smooth it out. This is an important step that you should not skip because a smooth wall will better blend into the other parts of the wall that you did not have to patch. If you do not smooth the dry putty on the wall, it will look lumpy when you are done.
Finishing the Wall
There are a few final touches that you should do to the wall after smoothing the putty. Make sure that you clean the area with a damp rag to remove any dust or debris. Then you will be able to paint over the putty.
Make sure that the area is completely dry before you start painting. It would be a good idea to repaint the entire wall to make sure that the paint colors match but if you have the exact paint color, you could just patch the area where you removed the peeling paint from.