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This Is How You Fix Peeling And Cracking Paint

Repainting is not enough

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In Real Living's history of answering readers' questions about home improvement, we can no longer count how many times we told you that repainting is the quickest solution to a tired space—but what do you do when the layers start to peel and crack, especially on concrete walls? Read on to find out how to fix it with advice from the experts. 

Q: Do you have any repainting tips for concrete surfaces with old paint? We tried painting over it, but the paint flaked off after a few months. —Lilia Benigra-Unite via Facebook

A:



If you have a concrete wall with powderized old paint, you have to strip it off until you see the concrete. Clean the surface using a pressure washer or an ordinary garden hose with spray nozzle provided that it has a strong pressure. Let dry. Patch cracks and other holes with putty. Apply a coat of latex primer using a roller brush. Let dry for a couple of hours. Then, for top coat, apply latex paint with the color of your choice the same way you applied the primer. — Arch. Love De Leon


If that happens, try finding out more about the external conditions surrounding the problem. It may be caused by excessive humidity and moisture, the surface may not have been prepared properly before painting, or the wall may probably have been painted with oil-based paint and then painted again using latex paint. When you repaint, use a putty knife to remove existing paint, sand the walls thoroughly, and clean them with mild soap and water before painting. —Jorge Faustino, contractor

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This snippet is from the RL Notebook in the July 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details.

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