How Do I Remove Peeling Paint From Exterior Walls?


Using a scraper, wire brush, or 80 to 100-grit sandpaper, remove any loose or peeling paint from the damaged area. Remove any dust or debris from the area with a lightly water-dampened rag. Using a putty knife, apply a thin layer of patching material to the damaged area. Allow it to dry.


Use a scraper with rounded corners so you are less likely to gouge the wall and try not to push too hard on the scraper. Some people suggest using a hairdryer or heat gun to loosen peeling paint, but that is generally not a safe option. You could burn down your house.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the paint peeling off my outside walls?

On exterior walls, the main cause of peeling paint is moisture that has seeped into the wood or brick surface. ... There may be a leaking pipe that is causing water to make contact with the wall, or there could be small cracks in the wall surface that is allowing water penetration.

Is it safe to remove lead paint from walls?

You’ll need to take extra precautions to remove lead paint safely. Give your painted walls a once-over by inspecting them for any signs of bubbling, cracking or peeling. If you find any evidence of unevenness or paint failure, your best bet is to remove the peeling paint from your walls by scraping it and removing anything that’s loose.

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