How to Stop Paint From Peeling

Peeling is one of the biggest problems of painted surfaces.
Stop paint from peeling by sanding down the edges and using a primer.Stop paint from peeling by sanding down the edges and using a primer.
Paint may peel away from a wall or ceiling if too many coats have been applied, the surface is oily or dirty, the paint is old, the wall surface is wet or a paint primer hasn’t been properly applied. Once a painted wall begins to peel, it will continue to do so until the problem area is remedied. Treat a painted surface that is peeling using a few items that can be purchased from most hardware stores. Wear rubber gloves whenever handling ammonia to prevent possible skin irritation.

Step 1

Scrape off as much of the peeling paint as possible by using a wire brush.

Step 2

Add 1 part ammonia to 3 parts water in a bowl.

Step 3

Moisten a cloth with the ammonia solution and wipe down the wall to remove any oil, grease or dirt.

Step 4

Wipe down the wall with a sponge moistened with water to remove the ammonia solution.

Step 5

Sand the edges of the remaining peeling paint with sandpaper to create a smooth surface.

Step 6

Apply a paint sealer to the surface working into the cracks of the old paint. Paint sealers can be purchased at most hardware stores.

Step 7

Apply a paint primer to the wall after the sealer has dried. This may take up to eight hours to thoroughly dry. It is best to allow the paint to dry overnight to ensure it is completely dry.

Step 8

Repaint the area where paint has peeled after the primer has dried. Wait at least eight hours to paint the second coat. You may also touch the paint in an inconspicuous area to ensure the paint is dry. If it still feels sticky to the touch, allow the paint to dry for an additional two hours and then spot test again for dryness.

Things You Will Need

  • Wire brush
  • Rubber gloves
  • Ammonia
  • Bucket
  • Sponge
  • Cloth
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint brush or roller
  • Paint sealer
  • Paint primer

About the Author

Diana Braun began her writing career as a consultant and technical writer for a software company focusing on how-to, training, white paper, and internal process documentation. After two years, Braun left to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams. Since then, she has launched several startups including a t-shirt business, an online marketing and advertising t-shirt distribution business, and an entertainment site. She currently resides in South Florida.