removing latex paint

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Old 05-28-12, 07:49 AM
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removing latex paint

Hi there,
I have two bedrooms that are painted with latex over oil. There was definitely no priming done and the walls are textured plaster. The latex feels like rubber and scrapes off in shreds with a paint scraper. It is painfully slow. Wondering if there are any tips or hints for removal so I can start fresh and paint it right.
Any help is appreciated.
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Old 05-28-12, 09:03 AM
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I assume the walls were previously painted with an oil base enamel. I'm not sure there is any fast/easy way to remove the layer of latex paint

A strong detergent might help a little - mostly as a lubricant but moisture getting behind the latex paint should help as well.
 
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I had this same type of joy at my old house. We had one room that was old plaster, with oil paint, and someone decided to paint with latex over top.

I really hate to say it but the solution we used was a good scrapper, a radio and a lot of patients. We picked and peeled what we could, then sanded the edges down where we couldn't get it to let go. Touched up the few spots that needed touching with some mud, prime with a high quality oil primer, then paint.
I unforunately do not remember the name of the primer we used. It was reasonably thick and did cover some minor blemishes.
 
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Most any interior oil base primer will work. I can see where a good radio might be one of the best tools
 
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Any thoughts on using a steamer to loosen it up like the ones that are used for removing wallpaper?
 
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Steamer could help, but it could make a mess as well.
As soon as you apply water to it, the paint will turn from flakes to mush.
How easy is the paint coming off? Can you pull off large chunks or are you getting tiny pieces at a time?
 
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Just tiny pieces at this time because of all the raised detailing on the plaster walls, it is impossible to get a large piece with the scraper.
 
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