What To Do About Flaking Paint Before Painting?

Flaking paint is a common occurrence when you start decorating. The trick to flaking paint is not to start scraping it away because you will have patches of plaster and paint.

Flaking Paint Examples
Flaking Paint Examples

You need to keep your wall smooth and ready for a fresh coat of paint, taking away layers of paint will create a patchwork of paint and bare plaster!

The trick to flaking paint is the reduction of paint layers.

Scrape Or Sand The Wall?

These patches of paint and plaster will show up when you apply a fresh coat of paint. Do not get the scraper out and start hacking the wall.

We would suggest you use a sanding pad, what a sanding pad does is reduce the paint layer without making sharp sections of paint and plaster.

  1. Sand the paint away with a rough pad
  2. Reduce the pads to a finer grade

Is Your Wall Ready For Painting?

Once you have sanded your walls and you are happy your wall is nice and flat you can start applying your emulsion paint.

If your wall is still in a bad condition after using a sanding pad then I would suggest you apply a layer of fine filler which will help you create a smooth wall without plastering.

TOP TIP: Flaking paint can be a sign of more serious conditions such as rising damp, leaks and un-primed fresh plaster.

Conclusion – Flaking Paint

Every wall is different, you might find that only a small section of the wall is flaking. If this is the case why has this part of the wall flaking paint?

Has it got anything to do with rising damp?

These are things you need to rectify before painting your wall. 99% of the time there is a reason why you have flaking paint.

This generally comes down to new plaster sucking out the moisture or rising damp that is making the paint grow mould and flake.

Happy Painting 😉

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