What type of paint/wall covering is this?

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Hello,

I am trying to decorate some solid brick walls and just removed various layers of wall paper etc

After removing I am left with a pale green flaky in places type of paint? This is on lime plaster walls please see pics
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I am assuming I am best off removing this before proceeding, if so any one have any tips? I will probably wall paper these as a finish on external walls and maybe skim internal walls

Thanks
 
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it can be scrubbed off with hot water but not with cold

it must be removed as paint will not stick to it.
 
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As an update, I removed the majority of the green flakey layer, now have a second yellow layer which is very chalky... So will be repeating the process. I think the green layer had been a sealer but had started to peal, it did have wall paper on which was tough to remove
 

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