How to Fix Torn Paint on the Walls

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How to Fix Torn Paint on the Walls
Paint can wear and become torn. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Interior paint comes in water-based or latex- and oil-based paints and in a wide variety of colours. Water-based or latex paint generally dries within four hours, while oil based paint cures in about 24 hours. Regardless of the time it takes to dry, paint can become worn over time from temperature fluctuation and reactions from skin oil touching it. When paint wears out, it may tear or peel from the surface to which it was applied, and it needs to be repainted.

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Things you need

  • Dust sheet
  • Putty knife or paint scraper
  • Fine grit sandpaper
  • Primer
  • Paintbrush or roller
  • White spirit
  • Interior latex paint

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    Place a dust sheet under the damaged portion of the wall. Peel or scrape the torn or peeling paint from the wall with a putty knife or paint scraper. Do not apply too much pressure, to avoid damaging the wall itself, particularly if the wall is made of wood, is covered in drywall or is not concrete.

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    Shake the peelings off the dust sheet over a garbage container or dumpster. Reposition the dust sheet on the floor against the damaged wall.

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    Sand the entire wall with fine grit sandpaper to rid it of any protruding paint and to rough the surface for the primer and paint to adhere.

  4. 4

    Prepare the wall for repainting by applying a coat of interior paint primer with a paintbrush or roller. Allow the primer to dry for a period of 12 to 48 hours or the amount of time specified on the primer can. Then apply a second coat and allow it to dry for the same amount of time. Soak the paintbrush in white spirit while the second coat dries to remove primer from the brush, or change the roller.

  5. 5

    Apply a coat of interior paint in a colour of your choosing. Let it dry for a period of four to 24 hours, following the manufacturer's suggested drying time given on the paint can. Apply a second coat after the first dries completely to cover the wall properly.

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