Re-painting interior trim? Some chipping with old paint-possible to use primer?





I want to re-paint the interior trim in my house, but I’m uncertain on how to go about it! The paint that is on there now is peeled away in some spots and the paint seems to chip off very easily. I scrapped a small spot away and there doesn’t seem to be many layers of paint. Seems to be a layer of paint then a layer or primer then another layer of paint and then the wood. So my question is why is the paint falling off so easily and is there a special primer I could buy to fix this problem or am I goin to have to remove all the paint and primer before painting it again (I really don’t want to adventure into that route as for I have a 2 story house to tackle)? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thank You!

3 Responses to “Re-painting interior trim? Some chipping with old paint-possible to use primer?”

  • ramzee:

    sounds like someone re-painted with the wrong paint. you can use anything you want over a primer…. no latex over oil – no oil straight on top of latex.

    I would scrape, sand and prime, then re-paint with a good quality gloss or semi gloss.

    Be Blessed!

  • Imagine:

    in the home remodeling industry it is one of those situations that is come across often

    found it to be best if you either completely romove all the layers of old paint because no matter what paint you use now … it will just keep chipping off

    and in the long run we found it was simpler to remove the trim and install new (pre primered) then apply a semi gloss oil .. that way it can be kept clean by just wiping it down as needed

    in your case you may want to get a shop vac at your side and a small scraper

    now go thru and scrape off all that will come off easily

    clean as you go with the shop vac and it wont seem like as messy a project as it could get

    then just paint your primer and wait a couple days before painting your finish color

    nothing worth doing is as easy as it should be !

  • equi_tye:

    Christina this is important. Is this problem isolated in certain areas, perhaps near a heating fixture or near wet areas? is it chipping in one room or through the entire house? Does the paint or the primer seem chaulky under the bad areas? Can you scrape the bad areas to a point where it becomes solid again? If the paint is peeling it is naturally going to fall off easy in those areas but if those areas are isolated and you can eventually get to solid paint then find out whats causing the peeling areas by elimination. Heat, dampness, or chaulk are three causes for paint failure. I’d find it hard to beleive its through the entire house unless the house is a hundred years old with old oil paint cracking everywhere. If you can get to a solid area and its not too ugly looking repaint it. if it is ugly and you dont want to try to sand it out buy a new peice of molding for here and there. Sand and clean any chaulky areas, then spot prime the bare wood if any with a latex primer. remember latex paint is hard to sand because it gums up so theres only so much you can do. There is a primer called gripper or grabber i forget but its good if you cant find that use regular latex primer only for bare wood areas. Over the rest of the trim throughout the house i would recommend Benjamin Moores Aqua-Glo it is very good paint with a great shine and flexability to keep it from peeling again. its a little expensive but alot less than replacing all the trim in the house and its the closest finish to an oil paint that you can get in a latex. it drys hard and very washable. If i can be of anymore help give me a shout baysidecomingback@yahoo.com

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