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Old 01-22-2012, 11:09 PM   #1
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we have a spot on a wall about 1 foot square that is peeling. Is it necessary to remove paint from the whole wall before repainting or can I just repair that one spot first? It is sand textured paint.

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we have a spot on a wall about 1 foot square that is peeling. Is it necessary to remove paint from the whole wall before repainting or can I just repair that one spot first? It is sand textured paint.
No, it's not necessary. But you'll definitely need to figure out why that small area is peeling, or you'll have the same problem. Determining why it's peeling will also dictate what primer you use before painting.

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Ruby, there could be a few reasons why you have a problem. Different causes of failure have different appearances. Can you take a pic to post? How old is the paint that is failing? Is it a new/fresh paint job? Also, it helps to know what's behind the wall where the failure is occuring. Is it an exterior wall where moisture could be entering? Is there a pipe or duct that could be causing an issue? I had a customer who was having water staining on a second floor ceiling, less than one year old house. Had the roofer check the roof, no problems. Turns out the duct installers left a section of of AC duct uninsulated in the attic that was condensing moisture and dripping onto the insulation/ceiling. You never know why a particular spot will fail. If it was a paint failure, it wouldn't be localized to one spot.
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............and, once you find the source of the problem, you will find that patching textured (sand textured) walls is much easier than patching a regular wall. Hopefully, you still have some of the sand texture paint leftover.
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It's important to determine the cause of the paint failure considering it is localized on the wall.

Recently we were called back to a new construction for a paint failure. Upon inspection of the paint failure it was clear to me it was a moisture issue from a plug outlet above. Once we cut out the drywall it was clear there was a leak behind the vapor barrier, which was entering from a small hole in the vapor barrier around the plug outlet. Eventually after 1 1/2 hours outside with our pressure washer and a man in the attic to locate the leak at the chimney flashing along the roof.

Home owner's only regret was not calling us back as soon as they discovered the failing paint.
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Where is it on the wall? Top bottom, middle?
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It's important to determine the cause of the paint failure considering it is localized on the wall.

Recently we were called back to a new construction for a paint failure. Upon inspection of the paint failure it was clear to me it was a moisture issue from a plug outlet above. Once we cut out the drywall it was clear there was a leak behind the vapor barrier, which was entering from a small hole in the vapor barrier around the plug outlet. Eventually after 1 1/2 hours outside with our pressure washer and a man in the attic to locate the leak at the chimney flashing along the roof.

Home owner's only regret was not calling us back as soon as they discovered the failing paint.
It's amazing that the point of entry and the place it appears can be so distant. I've seen some crazy sheet over the years. It sometimes takes ingenuity and thinking outside the box to figure out where water is coming from. But, when you find it, you're a hero!
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HOs took it as an "educational experience" that a pro's knowledge and experience are invaluable. I was happy they called us back and trusted us to take care of it for them rather then going through the hassle of getting that particular developer to take responsibility. Which was the case at that time.

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