I recently bought a home bought in the mid-50s. The walls have obviously been poorly cared for over the years...there are several different textures in the living room, there are at least 3 layers of paint in the bathroom...its a mess. I would really like to have smooth walls and am trying to figure out the best way to do this. I bought some gypsum base plaster veneer to use to refinish the walls and smooth out the texture.
In the bathroom, I need to know if I should remove all of the old paint before putting up the veneer or can I put the veneer up over the paint? And the bag of veneer mentions using silica sand for a "sanded" finish...is a sanded finish smooth? And if I do need to remove all of the old paint, what is the best way to do this if the paint is lead-based? I assume that at least some of it would be based on the age of the home. Can I remove it myself or do I need to hire someone to do it?
Thank you so much for your help!
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