How to Fix Peeling Ceiling Paint

Updated February 21, 2017

Peeling paint is not only unattractive, but it can be a sign of bigger problems, such as a water leak or mould or mildew growth. If you have peeling ceiling paint, the best way to deal with it is to fix it as soon as possible. Otherwise, the peeling paint may extend to your entire ceiling. Luckily, it is not too difficult to fix peeling ceiling paint. Follow the steps below to find out how you can remedy this problem.

Prepare the area. Lay the tarp down over the floor and move furniture out of the way. Otherwise, you will end up with flecks of paint all over everything. Set your ladder up underneath the peeling area. Make sure you have an electrical socket nearby for the sander.

Prepare yourself. Put on goggles. You do not want to get peeling paint in your eyes. Consider wearing long sleeves and gloves as well to protect your skin.

Climb the ladder. Using a paint scraper, scrape as much of the peeling paint off as you can. If you end up with large divots, use the putty knife and spackle to fill in uneven areas.

Sand the edges. Use the sander to make sure any rough edges (from the spackle or where the peeling paint was removed) are smoothed out.

Paint the area to match the rest of the ceiling. If you are unsure of the correct colour, take one of the peeling pieces of paint to your local hardware or garden centre and have them match the paint colour.


Try not to peel the paint off the entire ceiling. Clear one spot of paint, then use the sander to blend the edges of the peeled area into the rest of the ceiling.


Open windows and turn on fans before painting the ceiling.

Things You'll Need

  • Paint scraper
  • Goggles
  • Gloves
  • Spackle and putty knife
  • Paint to match colour of ceiling
  • Paint and paintbrushes or roller
  • Sander and sandpaper
  • Ladder
  • Tarp
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