so, a person significant in my life decided to paint my son's room a
manly color. I was perfectly happy with it the way it was. Anyway,
we went from a shell white to a dark brown. Looked ok for a while (I
don't go back into that part of the house that often). Significant
person is not big on prep work - slap the paint type - so now I have
eggshell brown peeling, chipping, and generally looking bad. *I* need
to paint it again.
But, I'm a prep guy - I'll spend a week on prep, paint in a day. I do
not want to slap Kilz or some other primer over this mess. How bad is
it? I'm considering replacing the sheet rock in the bedroom. Pretty
So, ideas? Any suggestions from anyone who may have dealt with this
If it's peeling, cracking, etc., it is likely a latex, quality
unknown. If so, a latex can respond to either acidic or alkaline
substances. With one or the other in weak water solution it may be
possible to weaken the bond to the substrate enough to make further
peel off effective. Try a spritz of dilute ammonial on a selected
area. If results are negative, then try vinegar or some diluted CLR.
Or oxalic acid. In my experience, ammonia puckered the latex enough to
do a decent scrape job.
These approaches are obviously tedious but cheap. But if nothing seems
to work, it might be just as well to put up new drywall.
"Some other primer" might be worth a try.
Scrape off what you can, prime with the above, and see how it holds up.
If it seems to be working, a skim coat and some light sanding should get
you back to a decent surface.
It will depend on rather the base coats are latex or not and rather
any texture surface is of a latex base. Since you are willing to do
the necessary prep work, I would work with a small area first and see
how the walls will respond. Use a fine sprayer and spray with warm
water to just dampen surface. Repeat this a couple of times until the
paint softens and can be scraped clean. You want the water
penetration to go through any texture as well since the scraping will
take the texture off as well. Be careful with the scraping so that
you don't remove the paper surface of the drywall.
When you finish the above you will have to do some sanding and filling
since you are sure to have some gouges into the wall. Clean and sand
the wall then reapply prime and texture before painting.
appreciate the feedback. Yes, it is definitely latex over latex -
kind of weird in that I've never seen interior wall paint do this
before. I'll see if the removal suggestions work. y'all have a good
If it was over gloss dirty latex then it could peel , usualy it takes
years to happen, are warm interior walls peeling. I have seen latex
over gloss that would scrape of easily even with your finger, that was
over gloss oil. I would just scrape, wash, sand prime and paint. If
its real bad and loose after you wash and scrape you might need to
scrape again and prime with oil first so it all doesnt fail, tough to
actualy say without seeing it and what it does.
Wallpaper would require MORE preparation than painting and could even
worsen the problem since the moisture in the paste would loosen the
paint and cause additional peeling. If there is any texture on the
wall, paper would end up looking like crap.
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