How to Fix Peeling Paint in 5 Easy Steps

Before painting or re-painting your home’s interior or exterior, you may need to deal with the existing coats that are already there, and more so if the paint has already started to chip and flake.

While you may think that it’s easy to paint over old paint, you can still recognize the telltale edges and chips once it’s dried. This can make the end result appear sloppy, and may even flake again after a while.

To fix peeling paint from walls and other surfaces at home, follow these steps:

  1. Scrape away the loose chips

Start with a paint scraper to scrape away the loose chips of paint from your wall. Be sure to move from the top and work your way to the bottom to make cleaning easier.

If it starts becoming difficult to pry away the paint, stop and proceed to the next step.

  • Sand the chipped area

Start with a wire brush and sweep vigorously any remaining loose flakes and debris around the area. If the paint peels again, break out your paint scraper and remove them from the wall.

After using the wire brush and the paint scraper, take a fine-grit sandpaper and lightly scrape away the last of the flaking paint to ensure a smoother surface for your paint job.

  • Apply the filler (optional)

There’s a good chance that the paint surface will be relatively uneven if you’re working with older wooden surfaces. This is where the filler comes in to smoothen depressions and make the paint job appear more uniform.  

You can also use filler when you’re working with uneven work surfaces on concrete walls, and plaster when it comes to drywall.

  • Apply the primer

Once the filler has set, applying the primer is your next step. This will let your paint adhere better to the surface and give a more even coat.

Primer is also important when you’re using lighter hues of paint, since they are usually less opaque and would not completely cover the work surface you happen to be painting on. You should especially put emphasis on the primer when you’re using yellow paint.

  • Paint in the colors

Once your primer has dried, proceed to paint in your colors! If you want to make them last for a long time, it will definitely help to get a sealant that will work with the type of paint you’re using for your work surface.

To get a more even re-painting job, be sure to choose the same paint hue as the original coat. You can find this hue by taking a sample of the flaking paint and comparing it to the rest when choosing at your nearest hardware store.

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