How to Repair Peeling Paint on Plaster Walls

Peeling paint can make even a well decorated room seem neglected. In this guide we show you some easy to follow tips and tricks for dealing with flaking paint, so you can get back to showing off your fab home.


Step 1. Protect the room

Whenever we start a DIY project, even if its just a small repair, we start by protecting the surfaces in the room. Remove any furniture near the area you are working on. Lay a Seriously Good Cotton Rich Dust Sheet to prevent any dust, drips or spills from ruining your floor or furniture.

To keep you safe from tripping we also recommend using some masking tape to fix the dust sheet in place. This will also stop paint from bleeding through to the floor or skirting boards below.

Lay a dust sheet to protect the floor before you start.

Tape the dust sheet down to prevent slips and trips.


Step 2. Remove peeling paint

Depending on the size of the flakes you can begin to break the paint away with your fingers. For larger areas use a Premier Stripping Knife and for small flakes use some Ultimate Fine Sandpaper and a Seriously Good Cork Block to clean the area up.

When the loose paint has been removed you might find some sections are still lifting away from the wall but are quite solid. When this happens use the Seriously Good Snap Knife to cut around the area of flaking paint, then strip up to that line. Sand the area again with the Ultimate Sandpaper and clean the dust away with a damp Seriously Good Microfibre Cloth.


Step 3. Repair the area


With the area clean and the paint removed use the Premier Filling Knife to apply a small amount of fine surface filler to the areas where the top paint layer meets the bottom paint layer or plaster. When the filler has dried hard use the Ultimate Fine Sandpaper and Seriously Good Cork Block to and the area down until it is smooth to the touch. Once again use a damp Seriously Good Microfibre Cloth to clean the dust away.


Step 4. Paint over

The surface is now ready for painting. Use a Premier Detail Walls and Ceilings Brush to paint around any detail areas. Then switch to the Taskmaster Walls and Ceilings 4 Inch Roller to cover the affected area and give a fine finish. Depending on the amount of paint removed several coats may be needed to cover the area. If bare plaster is exposed when removing the paint use a mist coat as a first coat to seal the plaster. Just follow our guide, How to paint a new plaster wall.


Protection & Preparation

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