It’s common to see your house paint chipping and peeling over time and there are many reasons why this can happen. The type of paint you use, the material being painted, sun exposure, and so on. It can also happen to see brand new paint start to peel off, but why is that? Here are the most common causes for it!

“Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. - Plutarch

High Humidity

Bathrooms are the most likely place for this to happen.
Bathrooms are the most likely place for this to happen. Source: Housesumo

Water is one of the main reasons why paint gets ruined, especially in bathrooms walls and ceilings. Not only because of the high humidity, but also because the water itself penetrates through the paint and makes those layers detach from the surface. Water can originate in several places of your house due to leaking in the roof and gutters, for instance.

If you notice unusual peeling of paint, get a professional to inspect your roofs and check for any possible leaks!

In addition, be careful with high humidity places because they will have a mold build-up, and that will also cause bulging of the coating. As a result, you’ll end up with cracked and chipped layers of paint.

Surface Issues

Prepare the surface properly so this doesn't happen.
Prepare the surface properly so this doesn’t happen. Source: Bob Vila

There are some things to consider when it comes to the surface of a painting coat. First of all, the surface needs to be properly prepared, it should be clean and primed for the paint to attach better. Even if the surface doesn’t seem dirty, you need to wipe it down before getting started with the paint.

More than that,

There are types of surfaces that don’t receive paint well, such as glossy surfaces. Those are unable to adhere to the paint and no matter how many layers of paint you apply, it’ll simple flake off in no time. If you don’t know which type of surface you have or which type of paint is better for it, make sure to contact a professional painter to help you out.

One more thing to keep in mind,

Is that there are some substances that can be corrosive to the painted surface. They can cause blisters, cracks, and peeling paint too. These substances usually contain strong acids on bases, like if you clean the walls with bleach, that could cause a lot of damage to the coats of paint.

Intense Sunlight

If the surface gets a lot of sunlight, your paint might be at risk.
If the surface gets a lot of sunlight, your paint might be at risk. Source: houseology

Extreme dryness is one of the causes for peeling paint, so in places where it’s too hot paint will have trouble sticking to the surface. That happens because the high temperatures make the paint dry faster and avoiding it to form a strong bond with the surface.

Besides, if the surface gets intense sunlight during the day, it will be even more likely to cracking and peeling.

Paint Issues

Do your research before you DIY a painting project.
Do your research before you DIY a painting project. Source: architecture art design

Oh, here’s a good one! When we DIY painting walls and ceilings at home, there’s really no way of knowing which type of paint was used previously (unless you had done it yourself as well). So, what’s very common to happen is using a type of paint that doesn’t bond together.

For example, oil-based paints do not bond when applied over latex, which causes the new layer to quickly chip and peel off. So one thing you need to do is always apply the same type of paint when adding new coats!

In addition,

You can’t have too many layers of paint in just one surface since that will cause the coatings to be too heavy and it’ll end up falling and making a disaster to look at.

More than that, choose good quality paint!

Paints with a lot of pigment, resin, and fewer solvents are the ideal pick. Another tip is to use the right type of primer, if the wrong one is used for the type of paint you chose, the paint will start peeling pretty fast. Seems like a lot to think about, right? But no worries because you can get all the help you need with a local pro!

Poor Application

A professional knows what's best.
A professional knows what’s best. Source: Popular Mechanics

Of course, this one is pretty obvious, right? If the application isn’t done right, the paint won’t last! So you can either learn the right way to paint your house interiors OR you can do the safest choice and hire a professional!

Get a free quote from a local painter to have the best quality materials and job done!


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