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How to Patch Peeling Paint

Written by; Emily Carson / TCCN Staff Writer
Added on: Wed Aug 26 2009


This is an easy home repair that is inexpensive and relatively quick.

When old paint flakes or peels, it leaves behind a non-uniform painting surface. And even the highest quality paint can't hide it. Patching these areas on your walls can make a world of difference in the way a new paint job will turn out. You just need a few minutes and some very basic tools.

Things you'll need:

A flexible wallboard knife, or a putty knife
A sanding block
Some 150 grit sandpaper
A small tub of fast drying spackling compound

The first thing you do is use the putty knife or a paint scraper to gently scrape away any loose paint. Using the flexible wallboard knife or putty knife, apply a small amount of spackling compound to the edges of where the paint chipped away. Allow to dry for the amount of time recommended by the instructions on the spackling compound.

After the spackling compound has dried thoroughly, sand the patches using the 150 grit sandpaper on your sanding block until the spackled areas blend with the rest of the wall. When you're done, although you'll see the spackling compound, if you run your hand across the wall, there should not be any rough edges. You may find a few spots that need to be sanded a little more to match the wall texture.

Once the area is patched and smooth, a paint job, whether a whole new paint job or a retouch job, should look smooth with no sign of the depression left where the bits of paint peeled off.

All done! Good Job!


Copyright: 2009

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