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Removing Paint from Walls

I have just stripped my walls in my lounge and have revealed green shiny paint. Some of the paint has come off with the wallpaper but the remaining paint looks unsightly. I would like to know the best way of removing it as would prefer just to repaint and not use any wall papers or lining paper if I can.

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By Kay Sammes

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January 22, 20100 found this helpful

Things You'll Need:
Electric fan
Scraper
Paint thinner
Rubber gloves
Scouring pad or steel wool
Wet sponge or cloth
Step 1 Ventilate the workspace to avoid hazardous fumes from the paint and chemical solvents. An electric fan helps with circulation as well.

Step 2 Use a scraper to chip and peel any of the old paint that has already started to come loose from the wall. Removing as much of it as possible before resorting to a solvent will save time.

Step 3 Select a paint thinner in an application that is appropriate for the task at hand; household solvents such as acetone and rubbing alcohol might normally be an option, but old paint that has fully cured is beyond this point.

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Liquid and aerosol thinners are most efficient for removing one to two layers of old paint at a time.

Step 4 Protect your hands from alkaline burns with a pair of rubber gloves. Apply the paint thinner with a dry rag or spray can according to the directions on the product label, then allow the old paint to soften for the instructed period of time.

Step 5Lift the paint gently with the scraper blade and follow up with a scouring pad or high grade steel wool to scrub the remainder. Rinse the excess paint and chemicals from the wall using a wet sponge or cloth.
good luck.

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