How to Fix Peeling Paint Without Scraping!

by Loribeth
15 Minutes
I found out how important it is to use primer, even when you use a paint with primer in it. I painted our kitchen and bathroom, but the next day, the paint was still tacky and peeled off the wall. This is how I fixed it without scraping.
I will say that I used this product in a way it is not intended to be used. But, it saved me so much time and work, I'm glad I took the risk.

The product I used was Motsenbocker's Lift Off Latex Paint Remover. As the name suggests, it is meant to remove paint. I've used it lots of times to fix drips and goofs, and it's worked great. I wanted to avoid stripping the walls in the bathroom, so I tried spraying it there, but it did not work well. It got all goopy so I let it dry without continuing.

A few days later, I tried scraping the paint off the wall where I'd sprayed it, and the paint wouldn't budge. It had completely bonded to the original paint. I scraped where I hadn't sprayed the paint remover, and the paint peeled right off.

That's when I decided to try spraying all the walls with it. Spraying took less than 15 minutes. I let it dry, then two days later, I came back, sanded, primed and painted the damaged areas.

The walls look great, and the paint is completely secure... No peeling or scraping!!!

I should add that I was not compensated from Motsenbocker. I only wanted to share this in case it was able to help someone else who finds themselves dealing with peeling paint!!
Ruined paint job.
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  • Jean Myles Jean Myles on Feb 26, 2016
    Interesting concept TY for the hint.
    • Loribeth Loribeth on Feb 27, 2016
      @Jean Myles I thought it was interesting too. I think when it is sprayed and isn't wiped off that it soaked through the peeling coat of paint down to the original paint I was trying to cover, softening both. Then when they both dried, they bonded together.
  • Parle Parle on Feb 27, 2016
    Hmmm....did you just peel off what you could - eliminating the large loose pieces of paint - then spray? It's fascinating that you discovered this - and may just be the solution for my bathroom problem. Thanks!
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    • Parle Parle on Feb 28, 2016
      You are amazing. Thanks for the info!