Removing flaking emulsion paint

Discussion in 'Misc DIY' started by John Edwards, Aug 8, 2003.

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    John Edwards Guest

    Can anyone tell me if there is a special remover for emulsion paint on a
    normal plastered wall? The existing emulsion has been on the wall for
    several years and has started flaking away in places. It is possible to
    remove large patches very easily whilst in other places it is very stubborn.

    I am looking for something which just makes it soft and peelable rather than
    dissolve it into the horrible slimey mess that results from use of ordinary
    paint remover on gloss paint.

    TIA for any suggestions
    John Edwards, Aug 8, 2003
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    Brian Guest

    John Edwards
    Try using an ordinary flat, sharp paint scraper on the exposed edge of the
    emulsion holding at a fairly flat angle and you should be able to scrape the
    stuff off fairly easily. The beauty of this method is that if you put a
    dust sheet down first, the dry paint falls straight onto it making it easy
    to clean up when finished


    Brian, Aug 8, 2003
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    Max Bone Guest

    Try a modern water-borne stripper... something like HomeStrip

    It has longer dwell time than an aggressive solvent-based stripper, but
    works very well on all decorative coatings - in particular emulsion and
    acrylic products. Whilst it stays wet it stays active... so you can
    cover it with a cheap polythene dust sheet to allow it to work over
    night. Its sister product X-Tex removes can remove heavy builds of
    textured coatings and paints.

    Max Bone, Aug 9, 2003
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