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Why is My Interior Paint Peeling?

Few things can be as frustrating as seeing paint peel from the walls of your home — especially if you’ve recently invested a large amount of time and energy into painting the home yourself.

At Fox Painting Company, a leading painter in Bryn Mawr, we want you to enhance your living space. If you’ve noticed that the paint on your walls is beginning to flake, bubble, or peel, the following are some of the most common culprits:

  • Water. By far, the biggest danger to paint is an excessive amount of water. This is especially true if you’re noticing peeling in the bathroom. A leaking roof, a set of pipes that does not hold water as well as it should, or even regular water splashes can cause the base of the paint to degrade, leading to peeling.
  • Poor surface preparation. Just like when makeup is applied to the face, paint needs a primed surface to stick adequately. If you’ve been painting on a non-primed wall or uneven surface, it won’t take long to see peeling inside your home.
  • Painting on a dirty surface. Dirt, handprints, and markings on your walls may not seem like a big deal, but they can prevent paint from properly sticking to the surface you’re painting. If paint is applied to an extremely dirty surface, it will often bubble immediately.
  • Using expired paints. Like most things, paints have an expiration date after which they are not as effective. Some paints may become too thin, and others may freeze and become clumpy. Check the expiration date on the paint you’ve been using — if it’s expired, you should not be surprised that you’re facing peeling issues.
  • Using too many layers. Applying too many coats of paint can cause the material to become too heavy, leading to chipping and peeling. Sometimes, less is more.

Are you noticing peeling paint on your walls? The team at Fox Painting is here to help. Give us a call at 215-259-5719 to schedule an appointment with a painter for your Newtown property today!

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– Mike and Toni K

Your team came to work everyday. And each day, they worked hard, demonstrated professionalism, and were courteous and respectful of our house and family. Even with some rain, your team completed the entire job on time and on budget, as promised!

– Mark M. and Kate W

Thank you for your excellent work painting our home! You and your crew arrived on time, got the job done quickly, and did not leave a single drop of paint where it wasn’t supposed to be.

– Michelle M.

The quality of work was excellent and the house looks totally refreshed. I was also impressed that they arrived on time each day and finished their job on schedule.

– Mike F.

Thanks again for a great job on painting my old farmhouse. You and your team made it look almost like new… quite a feat given the condition when you started.

– Fred S.

Anyone who has experience with contractors knows how difficult it can be to find the right combination of quality work, reasonable prices, and professionalism. I can truly say that Fox Painting delivers in all those areas.

– James and Kathleen L.

They were extremely respectful while working in my home. They made sure that the entire floor area was covered while being painted, and cleaned thoroughly. The final product matches exactly what I had envisioned and I would recommend Fox Painting to anyone looking for a superior job.

– Margaret H.