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Old 10-09-2014, 10:11 AM   #1
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Paint Peeling in Sheets any Solutions?

My wife and I recently purchased a house built in the mid 1970s. We removed all of the interior trim and anticipate on replacing it soon, however, we'd like to put on a fresh coat of paint on all the walls.

One issue we've encountered is that when we took off the casing from the doors and windows, where the paint met the edge of the trim, it is peeling back off the wall. In certain areas, I'm able to peel off the paint in thick almost leathery sheets. Below are a few pictures of what the paint looks like at the edge of where we removed the trim.

The underlying paint must have failed at some point, it looks like it goes straight to the drywall. My question is, is there a way for me to fix this, without stripping the entire wall of the existing paint?

I was thinking of merely cutting off the edge of the paint until I get to a portion that is still firmly attached to the wall (a few inches in from the edge), then standing down the seam of the drywall and old paint. Perhaps then putting on a skim coat layer to level it out, sanding, priming, painting.

Any thoughts on this? The paint appears to be firmly attached everywhere else on the wall, besides where I pulled away the trim.

Thanks for the help!
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Old 10-09-2014, 11:01 AM   #2
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I've often skim-coated in such a situation. Sand it smooth, prime, then paint.


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Must be sure to remove the loose. No need to and at that point, then skim, sand, prime and paint. If you have no experience skimming when you do it go well past the edge about a foot.
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Looks like you did not use a utility knife to cut the paint and caulking line to keep it from peeling off like that.
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Doesn't look so much like "peeling in sheets" but looks like what Joe Caption described. You have to figure there's at least a dozen or so layers on the wall and when the trim was pulled it took many of those layers with it since you didn't score the border area between trim and paint line.
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