Second coat of paint is peeling..

Old 02-12-10, 06:29 AM
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Second coat of paint is peeling..

While doing some repairs in the bedroom, I needed to put some duct tape around a light swith. When I removed the tape, it removed the paint (leaving an ugly green color first coat showing). I can now peel the second coat off without any effort. What happened? Did the previous owner not apply a primer?

I want to paint over the second coat (another ugly blue color)
what should I do? Will two coats of a good primer/sealer such as Kilz 2, be a good idea?

Anything special I need to do to the area where the paint is peeled off before I apply the primer?

Thanks in advance for any help. I want to do a good job on this as I plan to put the house on the market.
Old 02-12-10, 02:23 PM
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As you now know, duct tape & paint don't mix. That's why they make painters' tape.

I would use a little setting compound on that section, then prime & paint.
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I think a little sanding to remove anything loose would be a good start, then what Pulpo said
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How old is your home?

It would be best to remove anything that's loose, then depending on what the underlying paint looks like you may need to use a coarse grit sandpaper before repairing with joint compound. Once the repairs are made, prime them and then you should be ready for your new paint.

Generally 1 coat of primer is sufficient. If the last top coat was latex paint, then a latex primer is fine. If it's oil base enamel, a solvent based primer should be used. It's quite possible that originally an oil enamel was used and then when the switch to latex was made - the proper prep/primer was skipped which usually results in peeling or chipping paint when the wall is given some abuse [duct tape]

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