How to fix peeled paint on a wall in 5 foolproof steps

How to fix peeled paint on a wall

What you’ll need

Wall scraper - To scrape away the peeling pieces of paint – Sandpaper - Stock up on sandpaper to buff the wall – Paintbrushes - You can find so many different-sized paintbrushes to suit your needs – Primer - Some wall primer will help you prep the wall for painting – Wall paint - Choose the perfect colour for your walls


1. Assess the wall

Before you start fixing the peeled paint on your wall, you first need to assess the wall, as there might be underlying issues that need to be addressed. It might be that you need to get rid of damp or need to stop drying your washing inside the house.

2. Choose the right paint

Unfortunately, paint isn’t a one-size-fits-all deal. Although a trip to the paint section in B&Q can be overwhelming due to the huge range of options, it’s important to make sure that you choose the right paint to fix your peeling wall. If you’re only painting a small area, you might even be able to get away with just using a tester pot.

3. Prep the area

Although you might be tempted to simply pull off the peeling paint on your wall and fill in the gaps with paint, that’s the worst thing you could do. This will just cause the area around the newly painted wall to peel, and you’ll be faced with an even bigger peeled paint problem later down the line.

4. Apply a primer

Whether you want to spray paint your bathroom taps or fix the peeled paint on your wall, it’s always a good idea to use a primer before painting. In fact, interior expert Anna Elkington from Melody Maison believes that priming is an essential step when painting walls and preventing peeling.

5. Start painting

When the formerly peeled area has been prepped and primed, you’re finally ready to paint. You’ll want to fill in the gap, being careful not to stray too far onto the rest of the wall to avoid the paint looking extra thick in those areas - as this could lead to future peeling.

You can use the paintbrush or roller of your choosing for this step, depending on the size of your affected area. And in most cases, two coats of paint will be enough. Just make sure to wait for the first coat to dry before applying the second, and remember to clean your paintbrushes when you have finished.

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