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tonyg

10:47AM | 01/06/01
Member Since: 01/05/01
2 lifetime posts
I have never really understood peeling paint; I mean,is it just inevitable, or is it always a sign of something wrong in the ceiling/wall. Our home was the victim of a lot of "do it himself-ing" by the former owner, so is it also possible it is just the result of bad painting practices? Thanks very much.

girldog

07:51PM | 01/06/01
Member Since: 01/06/01
14 lifetime posts
There could be several reasons for the peeling paint. The most common are if dirty walls were painted without first being cleaned, or if oil was painted over latex (or vice-versa, I can never remember). Another reason is if there are moisture problems in your house. If you plan to repaint, scrape off the peeling paint (but since it could be lead-based, spray the area first with water, then scrape & consider sealing off the area and then washing it down when you are done), then wash the wall with trisodium phosphate (TSP), then use a good primer/sealer (Bin, Kilz or benjamin moore's Freshstart) and then paint. Painting is all in the preparation. Prep is 95% of the work. good luck!

girldog

07:52PM | 01/06/01
Member Since: 01/06/01
14 lifetime posts
There could be several reasons for the peeling paint. The most common are if dirty walls were painted without first being cleaned, or if oil was painted over latex (or vice-versa, I can never remember). Another reason is if there are moisture problems in your house. If you plan to repaint, scrape off the peeling paint (but since it could be lead-based, spray the area first with water, then scrape & consider sealing off the area and then washing it down when you are done), then wash the wall with trisodium phosphate (TSP), then use a good primer/sealer (Bin, Kilz or benjamin moore's Freshstart) and then paint. Painting is all in the preparation. Prep is 95% of the work. good luck!


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