Peeling, flaking paint

earthwormAugust 18, 2004

About 4 years ago we painted the old house, latex primer under latex topcoat and that over 35 layers of old paint in areas and bare wood in many other places.

None of the paint ever held up well to the sun, porches and shaded areas did much better.

Now I am using a oil based primer and then latex - hopefully this will work better..

Moisture is a prime problem, here it rains a lot, in July , almost every day.

I think at least 3 days of sunshine are necessary to dry the wood.

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Sound like you need to take as much of the old paint off, like pressure wash/sand blasting, so the new paint will stick. Then put a base sealer on then repaint. I don't know if you put a oil base over a latex base. You stated moisture is a problem--have you talked to paint stores in the area/or at least a professional painter for suggestions. In Nor Calif, where they do have alot of ocean moister, they do use a good sealer first.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2004 at 11:59AM
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you really need to get the old paint off - thick coats of paint peel off - thin coats of paint stay on better - it has to do with compression and tension - paint is good in compression and not so good in tension - as it gets thicker it tensions and then cracks and then peels - a real good paint removal job is in order -

    Bookmark   September 20, 2004 at 12:33PM
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Using a latex after an oil base paint is a sure way to make it peel off. If there is latex already on the surface to paint, be sure to remove it before using an oil base.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2005 at 9:51AM
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if you have little children please have the surfaces tested for lead, simple procedure called xrf - then you can make sure to take proper precautions with peeling lead paint, and repainting

    Bookmark   November 23, 2005 at 12:15PM
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Try some Sherwin Williams Duration. If that doesn't hold up, hothing will!

    Bookmark   December 24, 2005 at 8:42AM
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