Asked on Apr 16, 2019

How do I repair peeling paint on door, trim & molding?

LucyA Crafty Mix - MichelleK. Rupp


I have my new coats (2) of semi-gloss latex peeling off of what I think is old latex layered over unprimed oil-base paint. What is the best way to correct this problem of the peeling paint? Do I have to remove old paint, or can I use a high adhesion primer and continue from there? Any other suggestions? THANKS!

4 answers
  • Seth
    on Apr 16, 2019


    Scrape off as much of the peeling paint as you can. Sand lightly and wash with TSP. Use a bonding primer like KILZ Adhesion and repaint. From what you wrote, it seems like the issue was no primer between the oil and latex.

  • K. Rupp
    on Apr 16, 2019

    Unfortunately, I would totally strip it down. Layer upon layer can create a gunked up mess after it dries and that is without a layer peeling underneath. A peeling layer will just thwart all your effort especially if it has already started peeling off because of the underneath layers. I always think a paint job is only so good as the prep. I know many would disagree with me depending upon certain paints, but really, even the best painter and the best paint can't cover up layers and layers of problematic paint jobs. I'm so sorry you went to all this work for this to happen in the end. I have a similar issue of a gunked up mess on the floor molding going up my stairs. I know every previous homeowner painted a layer. UGH.....on the list of things I've got to do is strip it and sand it down. It will look much better in the end. Good luck!

  • A Crafty Mix - Michelle
    on Apr 16, 2019

    Hi Lucy, you're best bet would be to remove the paint. Sorry about that

  • Lucy
    on Apr 19, 2019

    Got me some Citristrip and will remove as much of the miserable old paint job as possible, scrape/sand, then use the KILZ adhesion primer (a great product I have used before). Thanks so much for your great advice. Whatever clown painted this way did it to ALL the molding/doors in my condo, so wish me luck I'll need it lol

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