How to Repair Flaking Paint

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Removing flaking old paint from your exterior surfaces before applying a fresh coat will help ensure better adhesion.

For Best Results:

Don't forget to dust off the debris after you finish scraping off the flaking paint.

  1. Remove loose paint.

    Step 1

    Using a scraper, wire brush, or 80 to 100-grit sandpaper, remove any loose or peeling paint from the damaged area. Remove any dust or debris from the area with a lightly water-dampened rag.

  2. Apply thin layer of patching material.

    Step 2

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

  3. Sand repaired area.

    Step 3

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

  4. Remove dust.

    Step 4

    Remove any final dust or debris from the finished repair.

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Suggested Tools & Supplies
  • Vinyl Gloves
  • Ladder
  • Patching Material
  • Protective Apparel
  • Putty Knife
  • Rags
  • Sandpaper
  • Scraper
  • Wire Brush
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