Peeling Paint

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Cathy O.

Twenty years ago when we moved into house, my husband painted the living room with bright white latex paint without priming it first. It has held up remarkably well with just a few touches here and there. But we recently had some doors removed and put back up and you can imagine how the paint just peeled off the walls in places. I am planning on repainting the entire room. Do I have to sand the walls and then prime, or just prime and sand the peeling part?

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<p><img align="left" hspace="10" border="0" src="&lt;?php print url_resource(" />" /&gt;Thanks for your great question. 20 years is a long time for un-primed paint to last, so consider yourself lucky for making it this far! The good news is you don't need to sand the entire room to repaint the wall. But you will need to treat the peeling spots before repainting the room. </p>&#13;
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<p>First, using a putty knife, carefully scrape off the flaking pieces of paint, trying not to damage the underlying paneling. Also, be sure to wear protective gear, such as gloves, eyewear and a mask. When inhaled, paint can be dangerous. </p>&#13;
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<p>Once you have removed the peeling paint, sand the surface with sandpaper with a grit of about 100. After the surface is smooth, move to a finer sandpaper to eliminate any fissures and make the transitions from the scraped off paint to the existing paint smooth as can be. The finer the sandpaper, the higher its number, so pick up a grit of 150 or higher. </p>&#13;
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<p>This time around, be sure to use a primer before you start painting. Primer not only extends the life of your paint job, but it also makes the finished product look more professional. </p>&#13;
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<p>Your choice of primer will be based solely on what kind of paint you will use. For instance, latex paint needs latex primer and oil paint needs an oil-based primer. There are several different kinds of primers on the market in the latex and oil-based variety. </p>&#13;
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<p>Take a look at our article on priming for detailed information. <a href="http://www.bejane.com/articles/to-prime-or-not-to-prime-that-is-the-ques...
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<p>If you are painting the room a deep color, you will probably need to go with a tinted primer. For example, a red room needs a gray-tinted primer to reduce streaking. It's best to consult with the salesperson at the home improvement center. They can tint any primer based on the color of your base. </p>&#13;
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<p>The most important part of painting is the preparation, so take your time and the actual painting process will be much easier. More important, have fun!</p><p>For more painting tips, check out </p>&#13;
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<p>Painting 101:<br /><a href="http://www.bejane.com/articles/paint-101">http://www.bejane.com/articles...
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<p>Interior Paint Prep:<br /><a href="http://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle" target="_new">http://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle</a></p>&#13;
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<p>Exterior Paint Preparation:<br /><a href="http://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle" target="_new">http://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle</a></p>