Removing emulsion paint from plaster wall

31 Jan 2010
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United Kingdom

I've removed artex from a bathroom wall as it was trapping black mould. I would like to repaint straight onto the old plaster after preparation, but the emulsion applied by a previous owner has only come away in patches. I've used a steam stripper but it hasn't removed all the old paint.

Short of using a wallpaper scraper which is very laborious, has anyone used a chemical paint stripper with success?

Thank you.
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hello, i would not use a chemical stripper under any circumstances to remove emulsion of any wall,because its just to messy and you would need a lot of stripper. a steam stripper should have taken all the paint off,but you need the right scraper to make the job easier,the one to use is a long handled one with a sharp blade,they retail between five and thirty pounds,if you go to a decorating centre they will be able to help you.preparation will always take time.
A word of warning when using steamers; don’t over do it in an attempt to shift the paint or you will blow the finish plaster off the base coat; sometimes you will hear it cracking & then you’ll be looking even more remedial work.

When you come to prime the bare plaster for redecoration don’t use PVA, use either a proprietary primer or ordinary matt emulsion thinned 25-30%.
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If the emulsion had been done properly NONE of it would have come off :eek: . It`s not supposed to come off :idea: You might get the plaster itsself blowing off the wall with over use of that steamer :!:

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