Hi, just moved into an old house and haunted by previous DIY disasters.
How easy is it to remove wood-chip paper from a ceiling? to make it
worse it's been painted with gloss emulsion.
I've been told it's a real booger to get rid of it and didn't want to
start if it's going to look bad. Previous paper removal by spray bottle
& scraper worked fine --> anyone got any time saving tips?
I haven't tried to remove woodchip that has been painted with gloss from a
ceiling but I suspect you will need to apply paint stripper first to
dissolve the gloss, then use a steam wallpaper stripper. An alternative is
to cover it over with one of the Polycell Smoothover products, but this is
expensive and quite difficult to do as it is similar to putting a skim coat
of plaster on the ceiling. You could leave well alone and just apply two
coats of matt emulsion.
Cheers for the advice, think I'll go for the sharp scraper option first
looking at the state of the paper.
It makes me laugh when companies like Polycell produce new products to
counteract their old ones (smoothover to fix polyripple).
It all depends on how well it is stuck to the ceiling. Once you have got
under the crust with a scraper you may find that the painted surface
reinforces the surface and you can peel it off in huge sheets.
If you're unlucky then you need to get moisture through the surface to the
paste to loosen it which I do by perforating the surface then using a steam
stripper. You can use a spiked roller type perforator but I've heard of people
perforating woodchip by just scraping off the woodchip nibs. Although you
could try the water & sponge route, a steam stripper will work better/faster
on the double woodchip layer.
Use a sharp, wide scraper.
Don't even think of using paint stripper or skimming.
We had this in a house we moved into in 1986. Every room, stairs and
hallway had glosspainted woodchip. We used a steam stripper to soften
the paste and scraped it off. Dirty nasty job that often took chunks
of plaster with it. Took ages.
The inventors of woodchip should be strung up by the testicles over a
slow fire made from wet woodchip.
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