I've stripped our bedroom wall down the plaster. The old surface was
very uneven, because lots of paint had fallen off, leaving it patchy,
and my attempt to paint over it just seemed to make it worse. I got
something called Enviromose, which is one of these benzyl alcohol
strippers of a type I'd never used before. It leaves the surface gooey
after 24hrs, and is still a pain to get off; but I'd just about given up
on finding anything at all that would touch emulsion. Anyway, I could
only face doing a bit a night, and the whole thing has taken about a
month to finish. Mad, I know :-) Anyway, to save me having the same
problem in future, what should I paint it with now? I've read that you
can use emulsion mixed with water, but at what ratio? 50:50?
I've sort of vowed to never use wallpaper again. I prefer the look of
woodwork (skirting and architrave) against painted wall, with the
tiniest amount of caulk possible, or none at all if a wall is flat
enough. To my mind, lining paper would have made that more difficult,
since you'd either have to caulk over the paper, or have a visible paper
edge, neither of which I really fancy. I like to make things difficult
for myself :-)
replying to Dan S. MacAbre, Iggy wrote:
I'm in the U.S., but everything I've seen over the years says Dulux brand is the
ONLY top quality reliable brand. Don't dilute and don't buy anything that needs
dilution (Trade Grade). Don't be swayed by lesser nor higher prices nor
marketing claims nor store staff steering, ignore all others and you'll never
have the problems you just finished removing. The rest are junk.
You'll need to first apply a Primer Undercoat and then 2-coats of Emulsion.
Whenever using a brush, always finish your paint lay-on by stippling the paint
with the tip of your brush. This, mimics a roller's stipple or orange peel
finish. Apply your Primer and Emulsion in single strips starting in the middle
of the wall, roll that strip up to the ceiling and down to the floor or
baseboard a few times to distribute the paint evenly. Don't use any V, N or W
pattern, just an I.
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