Going to convert an old kitchen into a shower room and utility, I started on
removing wallpaper and found there were 3 layers in parts including vinyl,
got them off eventually and found yellow gloss paint underneath, this had
been painted direct on to plaster. The paint had been partially removed in
some parts but is intact in others and wont come off very easily.
Question. What is the best method of removing this gloss paint prior to
will the stripper chemical residues stop the tile cement adhering to the
never tried it before.
What kind of mechanical device should I use, I've tried a 3M paint &
varnish remover disk (like a disc of plastic brillo pad ) which fits in a
drill but it doesn't work.
I've seen in the dim and distant past a gouging tool with metal fingers
which will fit in a drill ? can anyone recommend something?
Sounds like, in this case, you won't mind getting things wet, in which case
gloss paint does soften considerably in caustic soda. This is how I got the
gloss paint off the walls in my bathroom - which was part paper over gloss
and part tiles. The paper always peeled back from the edges until I took
off the gloss. Kitchen would be a less damp, but similar situation, and
people who paint walls with gloss in such places should be exterminated.
(Once the gloss was off, I treated the plaster with zinc sulphate against
black mould, papered with lining paper and then glossed that, and it lasted
with just the occasional wipe down, for years. Can't get the zinc sulphate
any more though... which I believe we discussed here - or possibly on the
Screwfix forum - a year or three ago...)
You will need a strong caustic solution and will need to wear eye and arm
protection as you apply it with an artificial fibre brush (bristles
dissolve). It is messy, but not as difficult as it sounds, so long as you
have plenty of scope for washing down. (The caustic gradually reacts with
the air to become soda carb so the residues are not harmful - unless we are
talking lead paint.) 'Course, if you are in an upstairs flat all this is
probably a no no, as the people down below will not thank you for stripping
the paint off their walls and furniture too...
Of course, if you are tiling, then the preservation of the plaster finish is
not that critical, and a decent heavy duty scraper would probably do the
job. Grinding discs block up ridiculously quickly and heat just makes
things worse on plaster I found.
But having said all this, Stuart's approach is probably quite sufficient: if
the paint is that well stuck on it will hold the tiles too.
Two shets of rough glasspaper, rub it down briefly all over, just once over
two handfulls of raw cement, mixed with PVA and water (1:1) and paint this
onto the wall, and leave to dry.
Tile over, or skim or do whatever you like.
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