How to fix peeling paint on wood and walls

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Cracked and peeling paint is an eyesore so knowing how to fix peeling paint is one step to a fresh new finish. But before you jump in and start scraping away you need to know why your wood or walls are peeling. 

Too many layers of old paint? Moisture behind the paint? Greasy and dirty surfaces? When painting wood or a wall you want to avoid the issues that caused the peeling in the first place to get a smart long lasting finish.

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.