1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

DIY help. Stripping old paint from Plastered walls?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Westy, Jul 17, 2012.

  1. Westy

    Westy Double Dark Side! Diesel & 8P

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2008
    Messages:
    17,362
    Likes Received:
    1,009
    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:

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    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?
     
  2. Google AdSense Guest Advertisement



    to hide this advert.
  3. hades-

    hades- Yorkshire & Humber Rep.
    Regional Rep VCDS Map User

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2008
    Messages:
    9,397
    Likes Received:
    623
    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
     
  4. Westy

    Westy Double Dark Side! Diesel & 8P

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2008
    Messages:
    17,362
    Likes Received:
    1,009
    Bummer.

    Been searching the net for some sort of special paint stripper for plastered walls but it doesn't seem to exist :(
     
  5. hades-

    hades- Yorkshire & Humber Rep.
    Regional Rep VCDS Map User

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2008
    Messages:
    9,397
    Likes Received:
    623
    iv just had to do the same and couldnt find anything.
    but with the steamer it peels off
     
  6. Westy

    Westy Double Dark Side! Diesel & 8P

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2008
    Messages:
    17,362
    Likes Received:
    1,009
    I'll give that a go then, thanks.

    Any steamer you'd recommend?
     
  7. sportstractor

    sportstractor Chugger

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2009
    Messages:
    2,715
    Likes Received:
    33
  8. hades-

    hades- Yorkshire & Humber Rep.
    Regional Rep VCDS Map User

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2008
    Messages:
    9,397
    Likes Received:
    623
    i used the B&Q one
    was about £30
    just avoid scrapeing it dry and ****ing the plaster up.
     
  9. Westy

    Westy Double Dark Side! Diesel & 8P

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2008
    Messages:
    17,362
    Likes Received:
    1,009
  10. sidibear

    sidibear Looking for Zombies !!
    Staff Member Moderator Audi A4

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2008
    Messages:
    2,213
    Likes Received:
    595
    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.
     
  11. StateOfPlay

    StateOfPlay Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2009
    Messages:
    2,230
    Likes Received:
    171
    Lining paper I reckon.
     
  12. lgooch

    lgooch Active Member

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2010
    Messages:
    964
    Likes Received:
    108
    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.
     
  13. Westy

    Westy Double Dark Side! Diesel & 8P

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2008
    Messages:
    17,362
    Likes Received:
    1,009
    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.

    [​IMG]
     
  14. adamss24

    adamss24 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2007
    Messages:
    3,754
    Likes Received:
    232
    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...
     
  15. _G_

    _G_ Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2011
    Messages:
    873
    Likes Received:
    34
    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
     
  16. fingermouse

    fingermouse thats me

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2004
    Messages:
    3,776
    Likes Received:
    15
    I`d get the walls skimmed
     

Share This Page