How Do I Repaint a Wall that Has Peeling Paint?

A wall with peeling paint can be looked ugly and messy in a home. No wonder, many people fell embarrassed when they have peeling paint on their wall. The main problem is often an improperly prepared surface and moisture seeping through from the wall to the paint surface. You may need to have an Elcometer 500 to discover how thick your paint should be. But before it, you may need to follow several steps below:

  1. Put the drop cloths to cover the area under the wall. To cover the area around doors and windows, you can apply masking tape on these areas from paint.
  2. Remove all the loose paint as much as possible by using the paint scraper first and then the wire brush.
  3. If you find any holes or cracks in the wall, you can fill it with the patching compound. Use the putty knife to fill in and smooth it in a thin layer along the wall. Make sure the patching compound dries completely.
  4. To make the area looks even and smoother with the surrounding wall; you can sand the wall over the repaired area before applying the primer. Wipe off the wall with the tack cloth to remove dust.
  5. To prevent any moisture problems, you can apply the primer to the wall. You can use the paintbrush first to paint around the perimeter before using the paint roller. Let the primer dries according to drying time recommended on the paint can.
  6. When you want to apply the latex paint, you can use the same manner as you apply the primer. You need to allow the primer to properly dry before applying a second coat. Especially, if you like for having more than one coat.
  7. After fully applying the paint upon the wall, you can remove the masking tape and drop cloths.



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