peeling paint

uncgirlJune 23, 2008

Hi! We bought a 107 year old farm house about a year and a half ago. When my husband painted the walls in our downstairs hall (which is the majority of the house)they began to chip and peel within a few months. Since then, he has peeled off the paint and sanded down the areas and repainted them only to have them peel again and again. Is this because of the plaster? The walls are cracked pretty badly all over the house but it's the peeling thats driving us crazy. I'm thinking the best solution is to put up wall paper. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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Was he trying to use Latex over an oil based/enamel paint? Won't work unless it's prepped first by either sanding, or being primed first by paint that can transition oil based paint to accepting latex, which will always peel, though the opposite is not true.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2008 at 9:23PM
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Have the walls ever been whitewashed or painted with calcimine paint? Both of those will cause peeling, but I don't know what the solution is. I'd hesitate to paper until the peeling mystery is resolved - that may make an even bigger mess!

    Bookmark   June 25, 2008 at 10:47AM
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Pics of the peeling paint could help narrow down the culprit.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2008 at 3:28PM
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Christopher Nelson Wallcovering and Painting

I would suspect that lucy's thought was correct but if it is calcimine( which was normaly done on ceilings) here is an article on that.Either way do not hang paper on top of the problem,as you will just be creating a bigger one.

Here is a link that might be useful: calcimine

    Bookmark   June 26, 2008 at 5:14AM
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