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How to Repair Peeling Paint

Skill:  Novice DIY'er

Peeling paint must be removed prior to applying a fresh coat of paint to ensure proper adhesion.

For Best Results:

Refer to the how-to for guidelines on removing peeling paint.

 
Suggested Supplies
  • Vinyl Gloves
  • Ladder
  • Patching Material
  • Protective Apparel
  • Putty Knife
  • Rags
  • Sandpaper (100, 220 Grit)
  • Scraper
  • Ceiling/Wall Patch
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  1. Step 1

    Using a scraper or 100-grit sandpaper, remove any loose, cracked, or peeling paint from the damaged area. Remove any dust or debris from the area with a water-dampened rag.

  2. Step 2

    Using a putty knife, apply a thin layer of patching material to the damaged area. Allow it to dry.

  3. Step 3

    Use 220-grit sandpaper to smooth the patched area and make it even with the surface.

    TIP:
    If shrinking of the patching material occurs, lightly sand and clean the area and apply additional layers of patching material as needed.
  4. Step 4

    Remove any final dust or debris from the finished repair.

    TIP:
    If retexturing of the surface is necessary, choose a finish that will match the existing surface. Textured ceiling/wall patch kits are available in aerosol and powder forms. Follow the manufacturer's recommendations for application.