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Drywall Texture Mud Finish Plastered Walls and Ceilings-Cure and Fix Flaking Peeling Paint Falling Off

Updated on January 23, 2013

Why is the paint now flaking & peeling off?

I have painted my plastered, or drywall textured finish ceiling & walls but why is the paint now flaking & peeling off?

There is a very certain reason why this happens, although it is the most easiest to prevent, instead of cure, right from the onset prior to painting your texture or plaster for the first time & within this article I will give you some other reasons why this happens as well as the most obvious.

When plaster or drywall texture ‘finish’ eventually dries off once applied to your wall or ceiling, the material (plaster/drywall texture) becomes ‘porous.’

When a surface is porous, and has to be painted (with wall & ceiling paint, mostly called EMULSION) the ability of the paint has to be runny/thin (in consistency) enough to be able to ‘sink/absorb into’ the freshly textured or plastered surface thus providing a ‘key’ ready to take the next one or two coats of paint to finish the job off. It’s as simple as that!

Many folk want to get the job of painting over & done with as quickly as possible & this is just human nature but this is where the problem lies. Many ceiling & wall paints are of a very thick consistency & it is quite tempting to paint or roll this thick stuff onto your finished ceiling & wall in as little coats as possible.

When this happens the paint of a thick consistency will just ‘lay on/over’ the surface, instead of sinking into it so it haven’t really keyed into the wall or ceiling.

So there we have it, take a large paint container or trough & put some of your paint into it. Add into your container some cold water & mix in well, your emulsion (wall ceiling paint) to create a thin runny paint & then apply this (preferably by using a paint roller) over your textured or plastered surface, then let it all dry out properly before you attempt to paint on the ‘thicker consistency paint to finish off.’ This kind of method of applying the first coat this way ‘seals’ the surface prior to applying any more coats of paint & provides the key enabling the latter paint coats to adhere.

PROBLEM: - My drywall textured or plastered ceiling or wall is already painted but it is flaking & peeling off!

Try doing this

Make sure it is actually the PAINT that is flaking off & not the plaster or drywall is coming away from the surface.

If the PLASTER or DRYWALL TEXTURE is coming away from the ceiling or wall this material has not adhered to the surface in the first place & over time has worked loose! Or it could be because of a water leak from above so you have to investigate further! Or it could be because you have steam/ or even heat, let us say in the bathroom or kitchen for instance, or around a radiator, or above a fire in the living room, so these factors must be taken into consideration first.

If the paint is peeling & flaking & it is not because of any of the above just mentioned, your best bet is to try to remove any flakiness by using a ‘reasonably’ stiff brush & brush off what you can, prior to applying a thin/watered down coat of paint to cure. There will be a problem in that over time, other parts of the surface will also become flaky & peel too.

So all in all, apply the correct method in the first place for painting your ceilings & walls drywall texture finish of plaster as to seal the surface by using thin consistency paint, or watering it down as so it absorbs into the surface to create a key ready for the final coats of paint.

I hope this article helps you & please do send it onto others so that they can do a professional job from the very start with no money or time consuming comebacks later on. I would really love & welcome your own comments & thoughts on these methods so please don't be shy!

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Thank you for reading.

Dale Ovenstone. Go on, Create a Craze! 2012


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      Dale J Ovenstone 

      5 years ago from Wales UK

      Kandis. Nothing can adhere to the surface you have described (paint, wallpaper plaster or texture) as it stands.

      It sounds like a classic case of 'distemper' whereas, years ago, emulsion paint was created in such a way as to provide a 'powdery surface/finish' for its soft mellow look/texture

      What must be done is the distemper (and everything else clinging to it) must be scraped directly off the wall/plaster board surface. Once completed, you must then wash down the surface to get rid of the powder altogether. So that you are left with a neat powder free ceiling/wall.

      Words of warning: 1: Beware of asbestos that may be present, if so, you must by law not touch such a surface yourself. Search out appropriate 'asbestos testing/removal firms' and follow their procedures, you may have to take a sample to send to them.

      2: If there is no asbestos present, the job to scrape and wash is very messy and dusty. Make sure you use masks and goggles and gloves for the job. Now you should be left with a dry, clean surface for you to begin your decorating quest.

      This new surface will be very 'porous' indeed, so you must use a propriety sealer/primer, to cure the porosity prior to decorating once again.

      Hope this helps

      Regards Dale

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      5 years ago

      The paint on a living room wall was cracked and after peeling some away it looks to be all pink, powdery, and textured underneath, doesn't look like drywall at all but maybe a plaster? Not sure but its the whole wall. There isn't a current leak or heat problem but the paint is definitely not going to stick to anything once we do peel it all off. What should we do? Someone told us to replace the drywall on the whole wall...

    • Inspired to write profile imageAUTHOR

      Dale J Ovenstone 

      6 years ago from Wales UK

      Thanks for your comment. But what do you not understand???

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      6 years ago

      huh i don't undrestand


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