Peeling of Water-Based Topcoats

Peeling of water-based topcoats is the result of a failure of the new coating to bond to previous coatings. Some causes are:

i)     Application directly to gloss oil paints
ii)    Poor surface preparation
iii)   Damage from abrasion or scratching during curing period (7 to 21 days)


  • Glossy surfaces should be dulled by sanding prior to coating.
  • Gloss oil surfaces should be primed with oil-based primer prior to applying a latex topcoat.
  • Allow acrylic paints to cure for a minimum of 21 days before heavy use or cleaning.