Why Does Paint Peel?

Are you seeing cracks and holes forming in the paint on your walls? Are you worried about what may be causing strips of paint peeling off surfaces in your home? Peeling can become a nuisance, and unless you address the underlying cause, even a freshly repainted wall will quickly wear out.

A bad coat of peeling paint can immediately draw the attention of your guests, and it’s never appealing. Paint peeling isn’t uncommon; you can expect a well-applied paint job to start wearing out after five years. By understanding how and why paint peels, you can make your paint jobs last longer.

Why paint peels over time

All cases of peeling come down to one thing: your peeling paint is no longer able to cling to the surface. Several things can cause and accelerate the rate at which your paint peels off.

1.    Water

One of the most common places where you might find signs of peeling is the bathroom. Bathrooms experience more moisture than almost anywhere else in the home, since it fills with steam from the shower and splashes of water from the sink and toilet.

Water vapor floating in the air can stick to the walls and seep into the paint. This creates separation between the peeling paint and the wall, which leads to peeling.

2.   Thawing

Like any other substance, paint undergoes expansion when exposed to heat and contraction when exposed to cold. This natural thawing action can create stress in your paint layers and eventually cause the adhesion between the wall and the paint to loosen.

3.   Unprepared surfaces

For your paint to properly adhere to your wall’s surface, the surface needs to be smoothed out. Anything that creates an uneven surface weakens the adhesion from the beginning. If your wall wasn’t properly cleaned or a primer wasn’t used to prepare the surface, dirt particles can limit how effectively the paint attaches to the wall below.

Extend the life of your paint job

Getting a fresh paint job can be a real nuisance. Nobody wants the trouble of moving around furniture and putting their life on pause. So we’ve compiled a list of preventative measures you can take to ensure that your paint lasts as long as possible.

1.    Work on a clean surface

When you’re applying a fresh coat of paint, you want to make sure the surface is clean. The most important thing is properly removing any layers of dirt, debris, or oil. Wash and dry the walls before you begin painting, and be sure to patch any damage well in advance.

2.    Prime the walls first

If water is a particular concern for your walls, it’s essential to use a primer before the new coat of paint. Primers act as a barrier between the actual surface and the paint layer, which keeps them stuck together longer.

This way, moisture has less opportunity to cause paint peeling.

3.   Use the right paint

Choosing the right quality paint can go a long way in saving you time and money. High-quality paints are much more durable, so researching the paint you plan on using is very important.

Researching paint quality can understandably be overwhelming because there are a lot of things to factor in. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Call us at Life in Color Painting (480-229-7615) if you’re looking for a new paint job.

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