• In this video, painting contractor Jim Clark solves persistent peeling-paint problems.

    1. Use a stiff-blade putty knife to scrape off peeling paint and old joint compound.
    2. Scrub the walls clean of all wallpaper-glue residue using wallpaper stripper solution and a coarse scouring pad.
    3. Spot prime the area with an oil-based primer.
    4. Once the primer is dry, spread a thin layer of joint compound over the area.
    5. When the joint compound is dry, sand the area smooth with 100-grit abrasive paper, then prime again with oil-based primer.
    6. Apply two paint topcoats; use mildew-resistant paint in bathrooms and kitchens.
    • Difficulty: Easy
      Requires a little time and elbow grease, but no advanced skills
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      • putty knife
        Stiff-blade putty knife, for scraping off blistered, peeling paint
      • drywall knife
        6- and 8-inch-wide drywall knives, for applying joint compound
      • sanding block
        Sanding block
      • paintbrushes
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        Paint roller frame

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      Wallpaper stripper solution and scouring pad, for scrubbing wall clean of wallpaper glue

      Joint compound, for patching repair100-grit sandpaper

      Paint roller cover

      Primer and paint topcoat, for finishing repaired area