Asked on Nov 7, 2019

How do I repair a peeling ceiling?

Linda SikutEmEmily


We had a professional painter come in to paint our living room ceiling. A day later , it started to peel. There was no moisture, as we had a new roof a year before. It was only half of the ceiling that peeled. What would cause this?

3 answers
  • Emily
    on Nov 7, 2019

    You should contact him to repair this. There may have been moisture from something inside (leak somewhere?) or perhaps he was putting an incompatible paint over what was there. This should not be up to you to repair.

  • Em
    on Nov 7, 2019

    Call them back and make them redo it.

  • Linda Sikut
    on Nov 7, 2019

    Hi Karen,

    The first step is to call the painter. Let him/her look at the project so that the problem can be diagnosed. A professional painter should be able to figure it out. Was the peeling there before he/she started? If so it should not have been painted until the source of the problem was repaired. As Emily said, it's also possible that an incompatible paint was used. I know we had a painter paint some of the walls at our home and, even though he purchased Sherwin-Williams "best" paint, it never completely dried as one color. He had to paint it 3 times before it was even close (the paint underneath was similar in color and had no streaks). Even after 3 coats, there is STILL an area that is not right. :( (fortunately, it's behind a door so it's not very noticeable) If you bought the paint then you might have an issue with who is actually responsible, but I'd still contact the painter first to see what that person thinks. Wishing you the best.

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