01:31PM | 11/03/06
Member Since: 11/02/06
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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" 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!


01:51PM | 11/03/06
Member Since: 03/25/06
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This is a new one. I have to admit I'm not always up on some of the new technology, being and old school trained craftsman. I can tell you that adding sand will result in a textured finish. As far as lead paint, a house built in the 50's has a pretty high probability that one or more of those coats of paint will have lead in it. Lead abatement is a serious issue and can be tricky for the do-it-yourselfer. It's easy to do it wrong.

If your paint isn't peeling anywhere, your better off leaving it alone and applying your plaster over it. There used to be a product produced by Thoroughcrete (not sure I spelled it correctly) called Thoroughbond that was used to bond new plaster to tricky surfaces. You may wish to invesitgate that product or a similar product to bond the new plaster to the painted wall.
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