You may have seen this happen before, or it’s happening now. When your paint peels all over your wall and everything’s a mess, you may just want to sit in a corner and bawl. Nobody wants their house paint ideas ruined. If you had tried to fix it, and the problem persists, it’s understandable if it’s just too much for your non-pro self to handle…

Get back up! Here we give you tips on how to handle the overwhelming paint peeling. Ready?

Common Painting Problems: What is Peeling?

Possible Causes of Paint Peeling

In most cases, peeling is an aftermath of an unresolved case of blistering. After the paint creates bulges on the wall due to the lack of adhesion, it starts to come off in strips and bits – that’s peeling. Deriving from this article about blistering, it is safe to say that excessive moisture and the failure to adhere to proper painting procedures are still two of the prime suspects behind peeling. But there are instances where the paint on the wall peels even when there are no blisters. This is why:

1.  You’ve failed to prepare the surface 

Here we go again, just like a broken record. Improper surface preparation is almost always the root of every painting problem. To save yourself from trouble, make sure to treat and clean the surface before applying the necessary paint. A well prepared surface will give a smooth desired finish.

Watch this video for tips.

2.  You didn’t check the surface condition 

Your initial ideas of house paint may not seem as idealistic as you may have thought; because surface condition plays a big role in the maintenance of your wall. This isn’t only about the type of surface you are painting on (concrete, metal or wood) but the weather condition and other factors that surround it that may affect the longevity of the paint or the surface. One example of this is a tubular metal gate coated with paint, since the insides are vulnerable to dampness, once it gets exposed for a long period of time, the surface underneath  corrodes and the paint loses adhesion. From there, peeling follows.

3.  You’ve applied too many layers of paint 

Over time, your house could undergo several renovations and repainting. And let’s admit it, sometimes the process gets too tiring, so we tend to just choose the easy way out – without completely scraping off the old coating, we paint on it over and over when the need arises. The tendency is, when there are too many layers, it gets too heavy and it loses adhesion to the surface. Eventually, the paint starts to come off. 

4.  You used low quality/incompatible paint 

The quality of the paint used affects its flexibility and adhesion to the wall. Of course, poor quality paint results to a poor finish. Aside from that, the compatibility of the paints used is a huge factor for the paint to stick to the wall. If you used oil-based paint with water-based primer, both create a reaction on the surface and neither sticks to the wall. And what doesn’t make it stick, makes it peel. 

Apart from the above mentioned, note that paint can also peel when extreme and recurrent force is applied. I remember when I was in college and I was seated at the far back of the classroom, I and my friends tend to push our chairs to the wall every chance we got. That action, unfortunately, caused scratches on the wall and weeks later, the paint started coming off. It wasn’t intentional on our part, I swear. 

Stop the Peeling!

Unlike Justin Timberlake, you can stop the peeling (yup, corny). You need to fix the problem as soon as you discover it. Immediately remove loose paint films by peeling it all off and then use a scraper to smoothen the rest of the wall. Make sure to not leave any paint on the wall before you proceed with repainting. 

Common Painting Problems: What is Peeling?

It’s also an advantage to know the history of the building you’re painting or repainting. If it was pre-owned, research on how many times the previous owner has painted it or how old the building is. 

In design matters, make sure to bring preemptive design into your house in areas that you think will be undergoing high traffic. For example, put moldings or baseboards on the corners to protect it from bumps and strikes caused by your home furniture and other unforeseen circumstances.

Common Painting Problems: What is Peeling?

This way, you’re already a step ahead of the possible problems that may occur.

Got any painting problems you need us to cover? Send an email to or call (02) 363-9738 local 417 to 418 for a one-on-one consultation.


Jess is a copywriter who brushes up on her paint knowledge daily. Together with Boysen professionals, she makes the technical stuff easier to digest. When she’s not writing, she searches the internet for the latest dessert bar.


  1. Anu po kaya ang problema ng pagkapintura ng wall ko ng bahay? Konti lng po xa masagi ng matigas na bagay ay natutuklap na agd..pag naglagay ka ng tape ay sumasama sa tape.bago gawa pa lng po bahay nmin… salamat po..

    • Hi Roland, I’ve sent your question to the Technical Team. Please expect an answer via email. If you need to discuss your problem with a technical expert, please call this number (02) 363-9738 local 417 to 418 during office hours.

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