House Painting Tips - Why Is My Paint Bubbling And Peeling?


House Painting Tips

Many homeowners are familiar with the unsightly effect of paint that has lifted from a wall. This effect can happen weeks, months or even years after the house-painting job was completed. When paint bubbles too much, it will eventually burst, which leads to the peeling of paint from the underlying surface.


There are a number of things that can lead to paint bubbling or peeling, but the root of the problem usually lies in:

  • Moisture
  • Heat, and/or
  • A combination of these two elements.


Specific situations that will most definitely lead to bubbling and peeling paint are the following:

  • When the surface that is being painted is dirty, damp or hot
  • When latex paint is exposed to wetness or damp after painting
  • Lack of proper surface preparation prior to painting
  • When the initial paint layer is latex paint and a second layer of oil-based paint is applied over the latex layer.


In certain situations, the bubbling and peeling can be saved by scraping and sanding the area of the wall. A coat of high-quality paint can then be applied to the problem area. Be sure to check whether there is a source of water that is leading to excess moisture in the wall or surface, as this will need to be rectified to avoid the continuation of the problem.


To prevent bubbling and peeling in the future, make sure of the following:

  • The surface you are going to paint must be free of dirt and dust debris
  • The surface must be completely dry before you start to paint
  • If there are any stains on the surface, apply a primer-sealer and wait for it to dry before you start painting
  • If the room that you are painting is humid or moist, it would be a good idea to install an exhaust or ventilation fan.


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