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    DIY help. Stripping old paint from Plastered walls?

    Hi guys I need some DIY help if possible.

    I've just moved into a 30 year old house and me and the GF have started to strip the walls down to redecorate. Underneath 2 layers of wallpaper and a layer of lining paper we have got down to the original plastered walls that have a light coating of emulsion. We want to wallpaper 1 wall per room and paint the rest so want to get right back to the plaster before repainting.

    My old man has done a fair bit of decorating in his time and he recommended we get all the paint off before repainting as any water based paint will just make the old emulsion bubble and flake. I've started scraping the wall with a wallpaper scraper and I am getting through it but it's taking such a long time. Here's a pic:





    I'm sure there must be an easier, faster way to do this?

    Does anyone know whether there is a specific type of paint stripper that can be used on plastered walls?
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    if its emuslion then use a steamer
    it melts it and when it drys a bit u can scrape it off easy or it pulls off like rubber when its warm
    its a fukker to do tho

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    Quote Originally Posted by bez101 View Post
    if its emuslion then use a steamer
    it melts it and when it drys a bit u can scrape it off easy or it pulls off like rubber when its warm
    its a fukker to do tho
    Bummer.

    Been searching the net for some sort of special paint stripper for plastered walls but it doesn't seem to exist
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    iv just had to do the same and couldnt find anything.
    but with the steamer it peels off

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    Quote Originally Posted by bez101 View Post
    iv just had to do the same and couldnt find anything.
    but with the steamer it peels off
    I'll give that a go then, thanks.

    Any steamer you'd recommend?
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    Not the type that you use to cook your vegetables.

    Iv got one of these

    http://m.screwfix.com/p/direct-power...per-240v/28643

    Does the trick
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    i used the B&Q one
    was about £30
    just avoid scrapeing it dry and ****ing the plaster up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sportstractor View Post
    Not the type that you use to cook your vegetables.

    Iv got one of these

    Direct Power DPB053STM 2000W Wallpaper Stripper 240V - Wallpaper Strippers | Screwfix

    Does the trick
    Hmmm, link not working correctly on my PC but I'll find the product from the link name.

    I've been looking at the Nitromors all purpose paint stripper as it says that is safe on plaster
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    If you don't mind the dust use a belt sander, but mask up well as plaster dust is now hazard classed the same as asbestos dust.

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    Lining paper I reckon.
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    Chances are after that scraping the finish of the plaster would not be good enough to simply paint.

    Why not just leave it and get it skimmed. Then you would a fresh glass like finish for some fresh paint. Beats the hell out of scraping, filling and then sanding it all over with a less superior finish.

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    Well I got some plaster friendly paint stripper from wickes and it's definitely speeding things up. You can see the darker patch is the bit I've done with paint stripper as you have to brush down the wall with water afterwards.

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    Skim over then paint in the shade you like, by using nitromors you might have an adverse reaction when it comes to paint. Either fresh plaster or lining paper...
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    Nitromors works but it is painful to use... you have to leave it on longer than the pot says for the best result.. and you are looking at a good amount of drying time as the plaster is porous and it needs to dry out before you put your basecoat on (be very careful not to scrape it off too hard as it can loosen damaged plaster).. a good base coat like the polycell 3 in 1 would do a fine job once its dried... alternatively you can use this:

    Polycell SmoothOver Your Textured Wallpaper

    Yeh you don't have wallpaper but you may have the slight raised surface where the existing paint is.. if thats not the case then this will do the job/can be used once you have removed the old paint:

    Polycell 3 in 1 Basecoat

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    I`d get the walls skimmed
    red to red black to black blue to bits

 

 

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