Paint Flaking Or Peeling From Your Wood? Here's How You Can Fix It

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A finely done paint job adds to the beauty of a wooden fixture. On the other hand, if the job is not properly done, the paint can become susceptible to flaking and peeling. A thin spread of paint, for instance, is one example of a job that was not done right. Another reason behind flaking could be the use of paint that is of low quality; paints of low quality lack flexibility and adhesion. At times, though, the cause might be beyond your control. For instance, the paint may turn brittle with age. But whatever the reason, it is hard to withstand the sight of flaking or peeling paint. Here is how you can rectify the problem.

How You Can Take Care Of The Problem

To fix the affected areas, you need to begin by removing the peeling paint. You can do so by using a paint scraper or a wire brush.

After dealing with the flaking paint, make the area smooth and for this part, you need a 60-, 80- or 120- disc sander. A fine-grit sand paper may also suffice.  As you are sanding the fixture, keep the disc sander moving to prevent friction build-up and concentrate more on the edges or sections that lie between the scraped and painted areas. Also, remember to keep your fingers away from the rotating disc as the disc sander can be a quite dangerous tool to use if you ignore the safety rules. Then move on to cleaning dust from the sanded areas; wipe the dust off using a light damp sponge or a tack cloth.   

You can now paint the area. But if you want to prevent the problem from re-appearing in the future, you must get the job right from the beginning. Hence start by applying a primer first to your fixture. If the flaking and peeling was caused by moisture issues, a primer will prevent more moisture from getting into the wood. Also, find the source of moisture in your home that may be causing the peeling and seal the area.

Finally, apply your new coat of paint on the fixture. Remember that a thin spread of paint is one of the reasons behind flaking and peeling; hence use two coats for the best results.  

Safety Concerns

This project may result in the production of dust, which can be harmful to your health. Lead dust form lead-based paints is toxic and because of this reason, you should wear a dust mask, gloves, and safety goggles to arm yourself against the dust.  

For assistance, talk to professionals like Dyson Painters.