Over the past year or so, i have noticed that the bathroom paint on my
bathroom wall has started flaking in parts.
Other parts of paint have been patched upwhere large "bubbles" of paint have
come off (almost blistered)
My question is how can i remove the paintwork without damaging the plaster
underneath. As i recall, there is an undercoat of magnolia emulsion also
Any help would be grateful
A steam paper stripper will also help in removing paint from the walls, and
must be used with a sharp scraper. The scraper must be used gently though,
and the steam stripper kept on the wall until you see the paint begin to
It might not take all the emulsion undercoat off, but it will loosen it
quite a bit so it should peel off eventually.
If you want to paper on top of the paint, then score the surface with a
metal comb and apply a coat or two of size to it. This gives the walls a
sticky top coat which will take pasted paper better.
i thought about using a steamer but wasn't too sure if it wiuld affect the
plaster board and plaster underneath
What i intend to do is undercoat the walls with a damp proof paint as i have
noticed that there are damp patches appearing through the paintwork
will the steamer affect the boards?
Steamer should be OK providing the walls are dry, and obviously
providing you don't saturate them with too much water in the process.
However, if the walls are wet, the steamer can cause the moisture
in the walls to boil, blowing off the front face of the plaster.
However, it can also be a good technique for blowing off the paint
on the walls, i.e. wet it, let it soak through the paint, and then
steam it, whereupon the moisture behind the paint boils are blows
the paint off. I discovered this by accident on some heavily painted
lime plaster walls, and have used it deliberately quite successfully
a couple of times since. Probably depends on the type of paint though.
If it has any form of vinyl base in it, which I think these kitchen and
bathroom paints do, then it should be OK to use a steamer on it to loosen it
off a bit.
Having read your reply about the damp patches on the plaster though, I would
recommend using the steamer sparingly on these parts of the wall. If the
plaster is loose and crumbling around these damp spots, then try just
lifting the paint off with the edge/corner of a scraper to see what happens
first. If the plaster also falls away with the paint, then you really need
to make the walls good again by removing the old plaster board and fixing
what ever is causing these damp spots to appear.
Plaster boards are really cheap, sometimes cheaper than the paint, so it
isn't a hugely expensive job to replace the lot and start again afresh.
But it's still worth giving the steam stripper a try first though.
the damp patches appear as large circles on the wall
does any one have recommendations on how to treat these patches once i have
removed the paint.
At present there are areas where the paint has flaked away from the walls.
I intend to get all paint off and treat all the walls. A few nights are
gonna be lost on this one!!!!
If the plaster board is so bad that it is crumbling, then you're better off
replacing it. You will have to make sure that find the source of the
dampness and cure it / fix it before you replace the damaged parts of the
plaster board though.
Could the damp patches be from steam condensing on bare parts of the walls,
or even running down from the ceiling behind the plaster board? If it is,
then it could be as easy to remedy as squirting some sealant along any open
If the plaster board is sound, then the damp patches are more likely to have
come from splashes or condensation on the surface that you can see, as
opposed to coming in from behind the plaster board.
If that is the case, then all the plaster board needs is dried out and
protected with something water proof (which I suspect is actually what
you're trying to do to it already). The paint is already flaking off on
parts of the walls, so I do think the steamer will make an impression on
removing the rest it quite easily for you.
After using the steamer to get the old paint off, allow the plaster board to
dry out for a day or two before applying your new paint to it. It might
also be a good idea to use a cheap under-coat paint on the bare walls first,
just to make sure the plaster has soaked up all it can and the surface is
sealed enough to make your top of paint stick and stay on.
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