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Loss of paint due to poor adhesion. Where there is a primer and top coat, or multiple coats of paint, peeling may involve some or all coats.

Possible Cause:
Excess moisture escaping through the exterior walls (more likely if paint is oil-based).
Inadequate surface preparation.
Use of lower-quality paint.
Applying an oil-based paint over a wet surface.
Earlier blistering of paint (see blistering)

Try to identify and eliminate cause of moisture (see efflorescence/mottling).
Prepare surface by removing all loose paint with a scraper or wire brush. Sand rough surfaces, prime bare wood with a latex primer, and seal and caulk any seams, cracks, joints, etc. with a top quality paintable caulk.
Repaint with a high quality latex house paint for best adhesion and water resistance.

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