Peeling paint is a very common problem that can arise after a a substrate has been painted. It can instantly turn a building into a very unattractive structure! Peeling paint can make any building look like it is going downhill and becoming dilapidated.

The main reason for paint peeling is due to a loss of adhesion between the painted surface and the paint itself. A lot of factors can cause the loss of adhesion, including the following:

Poor Preparation

As with a lot of other problems and defects¬†with paint, poor preparation is often to blame. Surfaces should always be even, clean and dry before any paint is applied. Always prime surfaces (where needed) before a top coat gets applied. Also keep in mind that paint doesn’t like sticking to dirty/oily/greasy surfaces.

High Temperatures & Sunlight:

A painted surface which gets constantly exposed to high temperatures and direct sunlight, is often at risk of peeling. It is also important not to paint a surface while it is extremely hot, as the paint will have a lot less adhesion.

Wrong Paint Used:

Using the right paint is absolutely essential to the longevity and effectiveness of the paint on the surface. If you want to avoid having paint peel off within a few months, be sure to use a premium quality product (this will save you a lot of money in the long run). Make sure you are using the correct type of paint for the surface (eg. not painting an acrylic paint over a surface previously painted with enamel). You would also want to make sure if you will need to add primer to the surface before repainting.

Surface Exposed to Condensation & Water:

Areas like bathroom ceilings and walls are highly susceptible to flaking. Paint layers can separate and detach from the substrate when water penetrates through the paint coats. The humidity in a poorly ventilated bathroom can easily lead to paint peeling, because of the moisture build-up. The damp environment will promote the growth of mold, which eventually will cause flaky and peeling paint.

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