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Removing textured paint

One of the rooms in our new home has textured paint -- I don't know how long it's been there, but it seems pretty old.  What is the best way to remove this paint?



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Posted 2012-04-13T00:13:42+0000  by webster99 webster99




Unfortunately, there is no easy way to get rid of texture, especxially once it has been painted over. The best way to handle it, is to knock down the high spots with a sander and then trowel a thin coat of drywall compound over the entire surface. After the compound has dried, sand the whole surface with a sanding block loaded with 120 grit sandpaper or sanding screen. Follow the sanding with a coat of primer and the finish coat of your choice. If you are going to use a strong color, have the paint store tint your primer to about the same color as the finish coat. I would personaly use a general acrylic primer, rather than a PVA drywall primer. The full bodied acrylic primer will give better coverage and seal the walls better than a PVA drywall primer.

This is a somewhat time consuming process and is very dusty. You will want to tape off the area and turn off the furnace for the duration of the sanding. You will want to wear a dust mask. The process is not brain surgery, just somewhat tedious. Depending on how thick the texture which is being covered, you might need at least two coats of the mud.


Good luck!

Posted 2012-04-13T19:38:56+0000  by ordjen
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