Peeling Paint - what to do?

The previous owners of my place (I just moved in 3 months ago) seem to have painted a lot of the woodwork with one coat of glossy, over a previous coat of glossy.
At any rate, when I've been painting walls, then pulling the blue tape, I end up pulling of huge strips of paint off the woodwork, no matter what. So now I've got a bunch of woodwork with peeled-paint problems.
What do I do with this - sand it *all* off, prime, paint? Any hints on how to sand all that area, more efficiently?
Thanks, JSH
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You got screwed, they obviously put a cheap coat of latex over a dirty oil. If you could pull it off that would be great , I suspect your finger nail will run right through it. It should come off, all of it , If tape works great, get duct tape or packing tape. Alcohol is a latex remover. The trim should then be cleaned sanded and painted, preferably with a Quality oil paint. You are not in for a fun job.
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Alternatively, put in new woodwork (you mean baseboards and other trim - right?) and start again, even staining if desired.
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WOW how the hell can you tell it is latex over oil?
it is probably high gloss over high gloss with no sanding or prep work before hand

why do you insist on oil?

stripping is always fun!
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The only time ive seen paint peel easily in sheets is latex over unpreped oil, and ive seen to much. Latex to unpreped latex gets a fair bond as latex is softer more permiable and its chemistry are compatible. A common problem hacks or cheapo fast fix it home owners make. One that costs 10x more to fix than to do it right the first time .
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when people go to sell their houses they do things like this. cheap new carpet, cheap new whatever. even worse, some new buyers demand things like new paint, new carpet, etc... clearly you're likely to get a cheapo job in these instances
but lets say you dont. lets say it was done right. all things being equal if someone paid someone to do a quality paint job on the house, the owner expects that money back, or more. then the real estate agent gets a bigger cut too. cut out the owner markup and the real estate agent's comission and paint it yourself.
in short, all else being equal, the cost of a house that needs painting + the cost of painting it = significantly less than the cost of a newly painted house + peace of mind it was done right + its the color(s) you want.
randy

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That's what I always thought, but realtors claim that a few hundred dollars of crap increases values by thousands.
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ya if you're a seller its great <g> but if you're buying, do the work yourself or even pay to have it done.
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There's a lot of people out there who want to just move in and have things passable (like the house were their next apartment), or who really get swayed by looks. Enough to have the realtors to have the pretty-up crap going for the house on the market (and thereby themselves).
Although it does depend on the market, especially turnover. The less time owners tend to spend in a house, the more they want the pretty-up stuff, even if it's cheap. They won't be doing so much fixing up.
Myself - I say buy as-is, look at potential, and fix up the house yourself.
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wrote:

I agree. The first thing I did when I moved into my fixxer-upper was have plaster fixed, painted and the floors refinished. Of course, there are other aspects of the upkeep that I wish had been done by the previous owner, but overall, I'd rather choose the paint colors etc myself.
Sue(tm) Lead me not into temptation... I can find it myself!
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Amen. The one thing that was done to my place, was the paint. Given the way that turned out, I'm incredibly glad to have the chance to do (read: mess up) things the 'right' way me-self.
But, the existing carpet (the place came advertised as "carpet allowance at closing" which of course disappeared in a huff later) was so badly stained and shredded, that it probably did hurt them, in terms of selling value. Not to mention (bringing things full circle) the laminate floors with paint stains all over them!
JSH
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this is exactly the sort of thing im talking about. in the real world you would just bid the house based on what its worth knowing the carpets need to be replaced. but the agents want to get comission on the carpet, and the banks just LOVE financing your new carpet for 30 years, and most people dont look past the payment to realize they're paying 10grand for a new carpet...
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