Peeling paint came off in sheets

by Debbie
(Milwaukee)

I just finished peeling the paint from the walls in my bathroom.

It all started when I decided to repaint and wanted to remove the old caulking. I used a caulk softener (Lift Off), which literally lifted off the paint then the peeling began.

Turns out the problem really wasn't the Lift Off, but the walls themselves as they had been painted by the previous owners without primer (the last coat being an enamel).

I took the strips of peeled paint into Home Depot and it was suggested that I totally peel all the paint off (right down to the drywall) then re-mud, texture, prime and paint again. I'm doing that now.

Anyone have any tips, suggestions?



Hi Debbie,

Not sure about the "right down to the drywall" part but here's my advice.

You'll need to try and remove as much of the peeling paint as possible. Keep in mind though that the stuff that's really stuck to the walls (more than likely) will not come off, (so with that said don't stress over it to much). Do try and do the best job that you can though.

Once the majority of that nasty lifting paint is gone prime the walls with a very good quality oil based primer. A slower drying primer would be best as you want it to grab onto the walls and penetrate the surface a little.

You can now skim coat the dried primer.

After the skim coating is dry, sand your skimmed surfaces. Keep adding layers of skim coat (letting it dry) and sanding (all the surfaces) until your happy with the levelness of the walls.

Your now ready to apply another coat of primer. After that primer dries re-apply mud (if needed), sand the dried mud (be sure it's flush with the wall), then spot prime your sanded mud.

Once the primed walls are dry, and you have pole sanded everything, apply two coats of good quality kitchen and bath paint (after the edging/cutting in of course).

If your not comfortable skim coating you could do the priming followed by a texturing. Let the texture dry then paint.

As a final note, Latex paints can go over oil paints (enamel or alkyd) and oil over latex the issue is when the sheen of the surface being coated has a shine to it. The higher the shine the less chance that either, or, will stick to the other.

If you have a shiny surface then throw on some primer or implement a good dose of elbow grease (sand the heck out of it).

Shawn.

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