Peeling paint on a drywall is one of the usual pet peeves when house painting in San Ramon. Over time, the color of your paint will fade and worse the paint itself is starting to show cracks that are too hard to ignore. Peeling paint makes your walls look undeniably ugly and old.
Peeling, cracking, or blistering paint may be caused by a variety of factors that include excessive moisture, humidity, or poor preparation on the surface. The good news is that it’s not that difficult to fix these problems. You just need a few tools and a good quality primer. You can repair the peeling paint without the having the risk of damaging the drywall. Remember that only the affected area is the one that should be fixed, unless your entire wall suffers extensive damage.
It is important to confirm that the paint you will be working is not lead-based. If your home was built before 1978, there’s a possibility lead-based pain was used. You will want to call a professional to remove the paint. It is too dangerous for you to do the work yourself. However, if you are sure the paint is not lead-based, you can follow these instructions:
- Scrape away the peeling or cracking paint from the drywall using a putty knife. Remember to wear protective goggles, face mask, as well as gloves. Sweep peeled paint to clean the floor.
- After scraping, have 100-grit sandpaper and start sanding the surface. Keep wearing your protective gear while doing this. Continue sanding until the surface becomes smooth.
- Have good quality bonding, sealer primer, or a joint compound available to cover the scraped and sanded area. Remember to follow the directions printed in the label in regard to the proper application and drying time. Use a putty knife when applying the sealer or compound. Allow it to dry completely before moving on to the next step.
- Lightly sand the patched area, this time using 200-grit sandpaper to smoothen the surface and the edges. If the compound has shrunk after it is dry, wipe off the dust using a damp cloth, then apply with a new layer of the compound. Allow the compound to dry completely, then after that sand the area until it becomes smooth. Wipe off any dust with a damp cloth.
- After fixing the peeled surface, then apply a good-quality primer to the patched and sanded area. Allow the primer to dry completely before moving forward.
- Then you’re ready to paint! Apply the first coat, evenly, on the patched and sanded area. Let the paint dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If necessary apply a second coat of paint then let that dry. Then enjoy your repaired and re-painted wall!
One of the usual issues homeowners eventually find is peeling or cracking paint. There’s nothing more annoying than seeing such a flaw in your otherwise-perfect wall. Luckily, repairing and re-painting the peeled surface is not so hard to do and will even be done before you know it. Contact reputable painting contractors in the area for more advice regarding proper repair on peeled paints when house painting in San Ramon.