How To Remove Paint From Walls

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How To Remove Paint From Walls

Removing paint from walls or surfaces is no easy job. Paint is manufactured to stick, and it does so very effectively, making its removal quite difficult.

There are several reasons you might want to remove paint from a wall. Maybe you want to paint dark colored wall a lighter color. Or maybe you have chipping or peeling paint. Maybe you are trying to remove paint from a desk or dresser to restore it back to its original wooden surface. Whatever the reason, just know that the paint removal process will take some patience and elbow grease.

Norberg Paints has compiled several key paint removal tips below to help you out. Visit either of our Sioux Falls locations and pickup the paint removal products mentioned in the tips below or a new color of paint to cover your recently stripped wall with. We are happy to offer advice, so ask questions upon your visit.

1) First and foremost, you should ask yourself or a painting expert at Norberg Paints if the paint actually needs to be removed. If the current paint is not peeling from the wall, and the new color is similar to the current one, you may be able to paint over it without any removal. Changing the surface color from a dark to a light color can be achieved more easily by applying a few layers of primer before applying the new, lighter color.

2) Removing paint is a messy job. First, start by removing any furniture from the room and lay down plenty of drop cloths.

3) Have the right tools for removing paint. A good paint scraper and dust mask to protect yourself from inhaling the fine dust particles are mandatory. We also suggest wearing protective eyewear to prevent the dust from getting in your eyes and causing irritation.

4) Peel off the bigger loose paint flakes. You may find bubbles between the wall and the paint that your scraper can wedge underneath and easily remove larger portions of the paint.

5) When it gets to the point where the paint resists removal, you will want to resort to liquid paint removers. Products like these use chemical reactions to break down the chemical properties of the paint. Always wear protective gloves and eyewear when resorting to this process. Apply the liquid as directed and let it “set” for the specified amount of time.

6) Applying heat will also help loosen the paint. It’s recommended to use a heat gun or heat plate. Never, under any circumstance should you use an open flame. Apply as much heat as needed to loosen the paint from the wall.

We recommend not sanding indoors, as the dust particles can remain in the air for a long time, potentially creating a health hazard. If sanding is required, keep it to a minimum and use a wire brush.