Easy Paint Repairs You Can Do Yourself

The paint condition of your home largely affects its aesthetic appeal. Peeling paint is unsightly and does not speak well of you as a homeowner. You don’t have to spend much and hire a professional painter because you can do the job yourself. From a simple retouch to a major re-do of a wall, you can learn much from the experience and you may even find it enjoyable and therapeutic.

Paint Breakdown

There is no such thing as eternal paint. The paint on your wall, regardless of type, is bound to break down after a certain number of years. When you see your paint breaking down, it is an indication that the primary coating or the first layer had weakened. This is a common problem among older buildings that have been painted and repainted several times over through the years. When the paint breaks down, layers of paint begin to crack and peel off the wall surface, exposing the wood or drywall underneath.

To fix the problem, you will need to scrape off the peeling paint layers. Also try pressure washing the wall surface to remove loose paint chips. Then, even out the surface by filling any holes or depression. If you are working on a wood surface, use putty; if it’s concrete, use spackle. When you have finished the filling, use sand paper to further level the surface and remove any bulges. Wipe off the dust from the sanding and let the surface dry completely. If you used pressure wash or if it is raining, you should let your wall dry for at least 24 hours. After that, you can start the paint work on your dry wall.

Moisture Buildup

Paint can also crack because of moisture buildup, presence of leak, or too much condensation on the surface. If this happens, it is likely that mildew and mold are also present to compound your problem. This problem most commonly occurs in the bathroom, although the condition may also exist in the other areas of the house that suffer from the leaking roof or in close proximity to the garden shrubs. Moisture can also cause your paint to sag, in which case there will not be any chipping problem.

If you can trace the cause of the paint cracks to moisture buildup, you will need another remedy to solve your problem. To treat an interior wall of mildew, use a solution made up of three parts water to one part bleach. If it’s an exterior wall that you’re working on, fill the pressure washer with a special solution available at your local paint supply store.

Fading Color

This is another common paint problem experienced by many homeowners, although it occurs more often on the exterior walls of the house. The paint on the indoor walls may also fade depending on the colors used. The basic reason behind fading of paint color is too much sun exposure. Many people who do not wish to contend with the fading paint problem on their walls wisely choose to avoid using bright colors in bold tones like deep red.

However, if you really like deep colors or it is important in your overall design concept, select the shades with reddish or yellowish tones. The best thing to do is to consult a paint associate regarding the specific paint color you are buying. Ask how much of the red or yellow oxide colorant is mixed in the tint base in order to create your desired color. Generally, adding about an ounce of the colorant will make your paint fade-resistant for a fairly longer period than normal.