5 common reasons your paint is peeling

Peeling paint is one of the most common issues that people will face in terms of a paint job. There’s nothing worse than applying a brand new paint job to the walls of your home, only to find that it’s beginning to peel away from the wall just a short time later. This generally occurs when the paint is unable to adhere to the surface of the wall correctly. Most people will come to a professional painter when this problem arises. They will often ask “How do I stop my paint from peeling?”. There are numerous factors as to why your paint may not be adhering to the wall, so we have listed 6 common reasons for peeling paint down below.


One of the main causes of peeling paint is the presence of moisture or water around the paint. This will usually happen when water gets into the wood behind the paint. This separates it from the wall and seeps through the layer of paint. Areas of the home where moisture is highly present (such as bathrooms, kitchens, laundries) can be highly susceptible to peeling paint. High levels of moisture could also be caused by high humidity. This may be a result of poor ventilation throughout the home.

Poor preparation

Painting without the correct preparation is a guaranteed method to create bubbling and peeling of your fresh new paint job. If the walls are dirty prior to applying the paint, it is guaranteed that it will begin to peel in the near future. It’s essential to clean the walls entirely with warm soapy water before even beginning the painting process. The use of a high-quality primer is also extremely important. This helps to ensure that the paint can adhere correctly to the wall. Some DIY painters will neglect to use a primer completely, whilst others may fail to select an appropriate primer for their paint and walls. This is a sure-fire way to cause your paint to peel. A professional painter will ensure that you get a high-quality primer that is appropriate for your walls.

Using the incorrect paint

With so many different paint options on the market, it can be a challenge for some people to select a paint that is appropriate for their walls. Get in touch with a professional painter if you need assistance in choosing the right paint. They will know exactly what you’ll need for your situation. Always ensure to use the base coat is the same as the top coats to avoid combing paints that will not adhere. Oil based paints are great for areas that experience high wear such as doors and skirting boards. Latex paints are more suitable for walls, with less odor and a faster drying rate. However, you cannot combine the two as it will not apply to the wall correctly. Using a low quality paint is also a factor for peeling paint.


Thick layers

Layering on the paint too thick can cause it to become too heavy to adhere to the wall or the ceiling. From there it will begin to fall or peel away. If the walls have been repainted many times over the years, it adds extra weight to the walls. This will eventually cause it to become unstuck. The paint should be applied in three or four thin, even layers to ensure that the paint does not become too thick. Contact a professional home interior painter if you’re unsure of how to paint thin layers.

Expired paint

Every can of paint has a use by date on it, indicating when the paint will begin to deteriorate. High temperatures can also cause a can of paint to expire prematurely. For this reason, it’s always important to check the consistency of your paint before applying it. Water based paints can even cause the can to rust over time which in turn ruins the paint. To reduce the chance of your paint peeling, ensure your paint hasn’t spoiled.

The truth is that paint doesn’t last forever, no matter how good the paint job is. Over extended periods of time, even a high-quality paint job will begin to crack and peel. If your paint is becoming old and in need of a repaint, contact our professional painting team. We’ll tidy up your old paint and ensure that your walls are primed, painted and cared for correctly. We’ll help you to avoid any peeling in the future.

Avoid the peel

There are many common reasons for your home interior or exterior paint to peel, so ensure you have prepared correctly before beginning the painting process. Even a small mistake could result in peeling paint, and with so much time and effort put into a paint job you want to make sure it’s done right the first time. If you’re after a painting service to apply the paint correctly, the team at SG coatings are here to help. We take great pride in our residential painting service. We ensure that your paint job looks incredible and is guaranteed not to flake or peel. With years of experience, our team are renowned for providing cost-effective, high-quality paint jobs that last. If you would like to book a free design consultation and/or free painting quote to discuss home interior or exterior painting in Bayside, Mornington Peninsula or South East Melbourne please contact us today.