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What Causes Paint To Peel?


There are a number of small, intuitive ways to add value to your home. Choosing paint colors that work well with the rooms and design of your home can add tremendous value, but color alone doesn’t decide the quality and level of visual appeal. Nothing wrecks your design faster than peeling or chipping paint, the cause of which is likely from a few key sources.

Peeling House Paint Causes

Improper Surface Prep

Plain and simple: The only reason that paint ever peels is when it doesn’t properly adhere to whatever it was spread upon. Therefore, the first place you should look when searching for a culprit for peeling paint is the surface itself; for newer house painting, this likely means the surface prep that was done prior to the painting. Surface prep is crucial to ensuring that paint will stick, which seems understandable, but the problem lies in the fact that many DIY homeowners don’t understand how to prepare a surface for best results; doing surface prep correctly means:


  • Cleaning the wall – It may sound silly, but a dirty wall will resist paint. Many homeowners make the mistake of cleaning the head-to-knee level of the wall, but ignore the top and bottom of it. This is especially damaging because those are typically the dirtiest spots of the wall and can easily lead to paint chipping and peeling over time.
  • Removing other dust and dirt sources – When painting, it is not the right time to enact any other home improvement projects on the home. A common mistake made by amateur painters is to attempt painting during other renovation construction or attempting to paint without tidying up the dust and debris left over from previous projects.
  • Proper primer application – Applying primer to your walls shouldn’t be seen as a chore that simply must happen before painting can actually begin; instead, the primer should be seen as equally important to the paint. Often, it is the work done during priming that dictates the final look and longevity of the paint applied afterward.



Given enough time, water can destroy everything in your home. For paint, water takes almost no time at all to have an immediate, irreversibly damaging impact. If your paint ever “bubbles,” especially from the ceiling, then your problem is almost certainly a leak above. Water has the power to peel, chip, and completely ruin the walls and paint alike. Even a faintly damp wall can cause paint to chip and peel within a relatively small amount of time. If you notice that your paint chipping is limited to one area, especially a vertical one, there is a good chance that your problem extends beyond a bad paint job and into your plumbing.

The Wrong Painters

Unfortunately, not all painters are created equal, nor is all paint. The paint you get at a department store can look great, given enough time and effort, but it is far from the sure thing they will attempt to convince you that it is. If you truly want your home to shine, you need to partner with a professional painting company that will know the correct paint to use based upon any and all factors present in the home. Remember: Cheap paint is that way for a reason, and the cost savings from DIY can just lead to a lackluster finished product. We know you want your home to shine, and our professional painters are available to help make your Brooklyn home look and feel its absolute best.

Contact Steven’s Perfect Painting in Brooklyn for professional house painting today!

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