Peeling paint has been an issue for almost every business owner sooner or later. For commercial properties that were built before 1978, peeling indoor paint poses an even bigger concern, because of the potential exposure to lead and the likelihood of lead poisoning.
The signs of peeling paint are hard to miss: cracks, holes in the surface, or even large strips of paint that simply come off on their own. There are many different reasons why interior paint in commercial buildings can start peeling. PPD Painting experts have extensive experience in painting commercial properties and will be more than happy to share some of the most common reasons for peeling paint with you.
Probably the most annoying sight to behold – a peeling paint coming down from a freshly painted ceiling. There are actually quite a few reasons why your ceiling paint might start to peel right after the project is done, and here are the few main ones.
If the ceiling of your building is peeling, then it may have originally been painted with calcimine, sometimes called Kal-Kote. Unfortunately, the only paint that is compatible with painting over old calcimine is new calcimine. Otherwise, the paint will not stick and will begin to flake or peel.
If your commercial space recently suffered some water damage, or there is a leak or high humidity in the office, makes the paint peel. Paint does not adhere well to wet or damp surfaces. Also, when plasterboard becomes wet and then dries, after a few rounds of this, it begins to rot and turn to powder. Paint will not adhere to this, either.
Sometimes a bad paint job is a culprit of peeling paint on interior walls. One bad habit some painters have is using too much paint so that the paint is layered on too thickly. This is especially bad for ceilings since the weight coupled with gravity speeds up the paint deterioration process.
High humidity in poorly ventilated commercial buildings can cause moisture build-ups in the walls, leading to the blistering of paint. It results in dampness, which stimulates the growth of mildew and mold over time.
The painting surface needs to be thoroughly prepared before the paint job is initiated. When the paint is applied on an unprimed or uneven surface, it will start blistering and peeling. Proper prep work is a must if you want to avoid this.
Paint doesn’t adhere to a dirty surface. Dust, dirt, oil, or grease prevent the paint from being applied properly. Applying paint to dirty surfaces will cause bubbling, which will result in peeling paint on interior walls or ceilings.
High temperatures can weaken the adhesive properties of paint. Exposure to high temperatures can also cause the paint to dry faster than intended, preventing the layers from forming a strong bond.
Exposure to intense sunlight makes oil-based paints vulnerable to cracking. Elastic and latex paints tend to contract and expand when exposed to direct sunlight, which weakens their adhesive bonds.
Some surfaces simply aren’t compatible with a certain paint type.
For this reason, it is extremely important to have experienced painters working on your commercial painting project in order to avoid any unpleasant situations.
Different types of paint do not bond well. Applying different paint types together on the same surface can result in paint peeling. Oil-based paints do not adhere to latex-based paints and vice versa. To avoid peeling paint, make sure to always use the same paint type.
Some of the low-quality paint brands simply lack flexibility and adhesion. They do not dry or stick properly, and they will start peeling after a short period of time. You always want to choose a paint with a lot of pigment, resin, and fewer solvents.
Different types of paint are designed for different types of surfaces. There are paints that have been designed for wooden, plastic, metallic, or concrete surfaces. There are also different types of primers available for each of these types of surfaces. Specific primers are designed to be used with different kinds of paints, so using the wrong primer can also lead to peeling.
Similar to any other chemical product, paint tends to expire after a certain period of time. Some paints separate, some grow mold or mildew, while others freeze.
Oil paint can last up to 20 years, and water-based paints can last up to 15 years. Nevertheless your can of paint can still go bad due to multiple reasons. And if you want to check and make sure that your paint is still good for use, you can do so by following the short simple process.
Corrosive substances usually contain strong acid or base. If a corrosive substance happens to come in contact with paint, it can cause blistering, cracking, and peeling of paint.
Extreme dryness can prevent the formation of strong adhesive bonds that allow the innermost coating of paint to stick to the surface properly. Similarly to painting highly humid surfaces, extreme dryness causes any newly applied coats of paint to peel.
Not using the correct tools or applying a coat of paint that is too thin will prevent the formation of strong cohesive bonds that hold paint molecules together. Hiring experienced commercial painters will save you a lot of time and resources, as you can be certain that this will not happen.
Surfaces need to be repainted from time to time to keep the commercial buildings looking neat and clean. The cohesive bonds of paint become stronger than the adhesive bonds over time. This causes the paint layers to detach from the painted surface. For this reason, interior painting maintenance is necessary for any commercial building.
The process of fixing peeling paint is a straightforward sequence of steps that can help you resolve this issue for good. If executed properly, and all the external factors are under control, you can rest assured that your ceiling or wall paint will stay intact after application.
The easy answer would be – leave it to the pros! Just call PPD and get a free quote for your project. But if you’re looking for the exact process, here are the steps our team goes through when fixing a peeling ceiling:
The process to fixing drywall paint peeling is fairly similar.
There are multiple ways to keep your paint from chipping. Our professional team of painters will usually recommend the best solutions based on the surface, but the basis is the same – a protective coat of Protect, polyurethane or poly-acrylic will do the trick, but you can also use a great variety of different waxes, pastes and other materials to make sure you have a long-lasting surface that will stay intact for good.
Cracking and peeling paint detracts from the beauty of the interior space of commercial properties. What’s worse is having just paid to have your commercial space beautified with that new coat of paint, but end up being disappointed. Unfortunately, most business owners experienced this issue sooner or later.
The majority of the causes of peeling paint can be prevented if you choose a trusted commercial painting company. To ensure you get the paint job done right the first time, or to correct the error of a bad paint job in your commercial building, contact PPD Painting and request an estimate for your project!
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