Peeling paint can be very obvious in a home, however, it’s actually easy to fix and prevent. While it may seem like a huge pain, it’s quite fixable. Let’s take a look at some of the elements of peeling paint, including why it happens, what you can do about it and how to further prevent it.
So, Why Does It Happen?
Paint peeling occurs when moisture gets between the paint layers and the actual surfaces of your walls. The more that the paint peels, the more area is exposed to moisture and the peeling continues on and on. This essentially turns into a never-ending circle until you do something about it.
How to Stop This
In order to stop this, you must seal the surface from moisture and alleviate moisture from accumulating underneath the paint layer. The first step to fixing the paint that has peeled is to get a paint scraper. From here you will want to pull the loose paint away and trim the excess. From here you will need to use your judgment on whether you just need to sand it down, or if you need to use a joint compound to fill in any divot left from paint being pulled from the wall.
How to Seal the Area: A paint and primer are all you need in order to seal off the area from more damage. You may want to clean the surface with a mildew-killing cleaner, and once this has dried, a stain blocking primer and paint are needed to complete the job.
How to Prevent This
The key to perfect paint at all times is two things: the use of a good primer before painting and proper ventilation. The room that typically gets the worst peeling paint is the bathroom, due to moisture from the shower heat, as well as the sink in some cases. If you don’t have vents or fans, it may be a good idea to open a window, even the smallest amount, or slightly leave the door open if this does not work.