01:59PM | 08/08/05
Member Since: 08/07/05
3 lifetime posts
We just bought a 50 year old house that has SEVERAL layers of paint over the existing drywall. I need to know how to remove all of the old layers of paint so I can start fresh. With the age of the house, it is possible for some of the paint to be lead-based, so I want to be as careful as possible. Any suggestions would be helpful.


07:36PM | 08/11/05
Member Since: 07/01/05
91 lifetime posts
While not impossible, removing wall paint is labor intensive, & just not done.

You really only have three options.

1) remove the drywall & replace it (lotta work)

2) sand the existing surface, prime the walls & skimcoat with drywall compound, sand, prime & paint

3) sand the existing surface, prime & paint it

option 2 allows removal of loose paint, patching & is what is normally done.



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