One major problem with older style homes is the fact you have to deal with all that old paint. Old paint that’s not stuck properly to the original work can be peeling and is generally a pain in the neck to sort out.
I’m going to give you some tips on how to deal two of the most difficult places to handle old paint.
Old Paint On Ceilings
When I began the job the original paint looked fine. I cut in the edges (making a border), and was up to the point of using the roller to roll on some new ceiling paint.
As I rolled the new paint onto the old paint on the ceiling the new paint started soaking into the old paint.
It started coming off in sheets as I was rolling over it, all the way down to the original plasterboard. It was wrapping around the roller and crumbling. Not very pleasant.
If this happens, stop painting. You’ve got major problems.
How To Fix Old Paint Coming Off In Sheets
Unfortunately there isn’t a quick fix solution. You will have to get a large paint scraper and scrape off as much of the old paint as possible. Thankfully this should be quite easy as the paint was never bonded correctly to the original surface.
Next, get some top coat plaster (like Selleys Spakfilla) and skim over all of the edges of the old paint that is left. Once this top coat is dry, give it a really light sand just until it’s smooth to get rid of the edge.
Touch up any plaster with a wallboard sealer and continue to put two coats of paint over the top.
If you’ve dealing with the bathroom ceiling like I was, I recommend using low sheen paint as the moisture does not suck into this which makes it naturally more resistant to mould.
Old Paint On Architraves (Frames)
The second issue I found while doing up my home was that the surface on my architraves (the frames around your doors and windows) were never prepared properly which has caused the bond between the paint and the surface to break.
How To Test Your Architraves For Dodgy Paint
Peeling paint on your architraves occurs because of poor preparation. Check this article for my painting preparation tips on how to prepare your paint surface.
The best way to test your architraves for dodgy paint is to run your fingernail down the frame. If the paint comes off, you need to rip it all off, prepare the surface properly and repaint. It’s not fun, but it’s the best way to ensure that the paint will not peel off entirely in the future.
How To Fix Old Paint On Your Architraves (Frames)
Problems occur on your architraves because of the way the frame was prepared originally. If the preparation was skipped or done incorrectly you’ll experience the same problem I had.
To deal with this grab a sharp window scraper and hold it flush against the frame. Slowly peel off the paint. Once you’ve removed as much paint as possible give the frame a light sand.
Next, apply one coat of a product called P.S.U (Primer, Sealer, Undercoat). You can find it at any hardware store, I recommend Solver Maxi P.S.U. This is the P.S.U I use on a daily basis.
Finally, apply two coats of your selected architrave paint.
Problems? Need Professional Help?
Old paint can be extremely difficult to handle especially if you’re tackling a big job. Even some professionals who aren’t accustomed to dealing with renovations can run into issues.
One of my specialties is in dealing with renovation projects. If you’re renovating your dream home, or even fixing up an investment property, I can take some of the stress of dealing with that old paintwork away. Give me a call and we can arrange a no-obligation quote.