Advice on stripping acrylic paint from rubble wall

19 Mar 2007
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United Kingdom
Hi all

I've had a good read through the forum but can't find quite what I'm after so I'm hoping someone could give me the benefit of their experience.

The bathroom in my house is in a converted coal cellar. The walls are the original very uneven finish, made of a kind of rubble/cement/large stones mixture. They have been painted numerous times (by the previous occupant) with what I am guessing is waterproof ?acrylic? paint. Due to the room being slightly damp the water pressure behind the paint has caused it to bubble and peel.

I have had a damp expert in who suggests either sealing the walls then erecting false plaster board walls inside them (something I don't want to do as I like the rough stone look) or stripping the walls and repainting with ordinary emulsion to keep it breathable. Personally I like the emulsion idea.

Now to the crux of the problem. I can't get the existing paint off the wall. nitromors softens the paint but due to the uneven surface it's not possible to then scrape the softened paint off. I have been trying with a wire brush but this isn't really working. Can anyone suggest a solution please?

I've considered burning it off with a blowtorch but wasn't sure if this might produce some pretty toxic fumes?
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I think that given the surface the only option open to you is grit/shot blasting.

You'l need a pro firm in though.

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