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Painting Problems Solved: How to Fix Peeling, Bubbling, Blistering and Flaking Paint Like a Pro!

Updated: May 5

Are you facing painting problems like peeling, bubbling, blistering, flaking, or chipping paint? Don't worry, we're here to help! Whether you're in the midst of a painting project or dealing with issues after the fact, this article will guide you through identifying the cause of the problem and, most importantly, how to solve it.


Peeling Paint

Common Painting Problems and Solutions

Let's start by addressing some of the most common painting problems and their solutions.

1. How to Stop Paint from Peeling or Flaking on Skirting Boards and Doors

Peeling or flaking paint on skirting boards and doors is a common issue, often caused by applying newer water-based paint over older oil-based paint.



Peeling paint on skirting boards and door

Solution:

  • Scrape and Sand: Begin by scraping and sanding any loose pieces of paint on the affected areas.

  • Apply Primer: Next, apply a high-quality primer such as Johnstone's Joncryl Primer or Zinsser BIN Aqua.

  • Sand and Repaint: After the primer has dried, lightly sand the surface and apply a new coat of wood paint (gloss paint).


Good primer for problem with peeling paint on skirting boards and doors

2. How to Stop Bubbling or Blistering Paint on Your Walls

If you notice bubbling or blistering paint on your walls, follow these steps:



Solution:

  • Wait: Initially, give the paint 24 hours to dry thoroughly. In many cases, the bubbles will reduce or disappear on their own. Do not apply more paint during this time.

  • Scrape and Sand: If the bubbles persist, carefully scrape and sand the affected area to remove them.

  • Apply Zinsser Peel Stop: Once the surface is smooth, apply a product like Zinsser Peel Stop according to the manufacturer's instructions.

  • Fill Holes and Repaint: After the Peel Stop has dried, fill any remaining holes or imperfections. Then, apply a light coat of paint and allow it to dry for 24 hours. If bubbles reappear, wait for them to disappear before applying another thin coat followed by a top coat.



3. Dealing with Flaking Paint on Your Walls

Flaking paint on walls can be caused by two different issues:

  • Painting onto New Plaster Without a Mist Coat: Ensure you apply a mist coat before painting onto new plaster to prevent peeling.

  • Structural Issues Causing Dampness: If dampness is causing the paint to peel, address the underlying structural issue before proceeding.

Solution:

  • Scrape and Sand: Remove any loose paint by scraping and sanding the affected area.

  • Apply Zinsser Peel Stop: Once sanded, apply Zinsser Peel Stop as directed.

  • Fill and Repaint: Fill any holes or imperfections, then apply a light coat of paint and allow it to dry for 24 hours. If bubbles reappear, wait for them to disappear before applying another thin coat followed by a top coat.

By following these steps, you can address common painting problems and ensure a smooth, long-lasting finish.






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