Wall Paint Peeled Off

I recently received a call from someone who had just moved into a new home and painted one of the bedrooms. When they removed the masking tape, the paint peeled off of the wall. She wondered what had caused this and what could be done.

The most likely cause is dust from the drywall finishing. The process of finishing drywall creates a tremendous amount of fine dust. If surfaces are not properly cleaned prior to painting, this dust can prevent good adhesion.

Under normal conditions the degraded adhesion will not be noticed. However, when some form of stress— such as your situation with the tape—is present, the paint may come off very easily.

It is seldom necessary to remove all of the paint. Most likely, the adhesion problem is isolated. An easy efficient solution is to apply a penetrating bonding product to “glue” the existing paint to the drywall. These products will stabilize the surface and prevent future problems.

It will probably be necessary to do some repairs in the areas where the paint lifted. Use a thin coat of joint compound to level the surface, and then apply a matching texture.


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