Peeling may involve one, some or all coats of paint from the primer right through to the topcoat.

Possible Cause

It can be caused by any of the following:

  • Seepage of moisture through uncaulked joints, worn our caulk or leaks in the roof or walls
  • Excess moisture escaping through exterior walls (this is more likely if paint used is solvent-based)
  • Inadequate surface preparation
  • Use of inferior quality paint
  • Applying a solvent-based paint over a wet surface
  • Previous blistering of paint (see Blistering)

 

Solution

First, try to identify and eliminate the cause of moisture (see Efflorescence and Mottling). Then, prepare the surface by removing all loose paint with scraper or wire brush. Sand rough surfaces and prepare surface as per label instructions prior to painting.


More problem solving advice

Mould

If you’ve noticed black, grey or brown areas on your painted surface, chances are you’re dealing with a mould problem.  For each problem you’ll find a guide to identifying it, its causes and solutions.

Cracking / flaking

Cracking or flaking is the splitting of a dry paint film. This is a problem that needs fixing as it can lead to complete failure of the paint. For each problem you’ll find a guide to identifying it, its causes and solutions.