need help with paint removal please

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Old 02-21-14, 04:58 AM
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Unhappy need help with paint removal please

I moved into my flat and as I am unwell it's hard for me to decorate council will not help me. I have shed paint on my doors and skirting boards. the doors are painted brown council won't help with it.
other skirting boards painted orange and even blue, the walls are basically a hotch potch of colours I am devastated they say do it yourself.
I am unsure how to remove the paint.
I also have noticeable hole sin walls and the paint they put before I moved in is peeling.
even my outer door has air coming through it and yes, council says not our issue fix yourself. I have no one to help me don't know how t do that. I don't have a draft excluder on letter box because it is too big for one. I can't find one to fit it so air comes in through winter and left with a bad cough.

This place needs bull dozing. I miss my old home don't want to live here no choice. The walls are up and down and do really need a pro to fix it. I can't afford it.

what can I do?

how can I remove the brown shed paint from doors and walls.
remove the blue paint
the orange
remove the peeling paint off walls.

it's a nightmare. I need dom littlewoods team to fix it all.
 
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Old 02-21-14, 05:33 AM
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Welcome to the forums Grace!

Why do you think you need to remove the existing paint? Normal procedure is to paint over it although it might need a primer to help with coverage, possibly adhesion. Obviously any loose peeling paint would need to be scraped off. What is 'shed paint' ?

pics might be helpful - http://www.doityourself.com/forum/el...-pictures.html
 
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Old 02-24-14, 04:45 AM
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I agree with marksr. Painting over it would probably be the easiest option for you. You may have to putty the walls depending on how large the holes are.

Sure, you can get a professional to fix it, but it's most likely way more rewarding to get things done yourself

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Old 04-04-14, 10:09 AM
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this is how I have been left I had one week to move I have no idea how I can fix it as my health isn't good and the council refuse any responsibility CAB refuse help either. I had no chance to paint it before I moved in I was just thrown in evicted and stuck in here. ( personally it needs bulldozing)

the front door is just..yuck!

so how can I try to fix this...and alone it's a massive job and unfair on any one person who is unwell they just shrug their shoulders and say it's not that bad! It is it's put me to breaking point the depression from the place I live in is un imaginable it's a eyesore! I don't have a social life because I am too ashamed to let anyone see my place it's so ugly ewww! I don't want to say to some guy hey come into my apartment it's ...like gross!


I have a B&D mouse with extra attachments not sure if it will be helpful.

any advice welcome thank you
 
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Old 04-04-14, 10:44 AM
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For the most part you'd just sand, repair as/where needed, prime [not everything may need primer] and paint. The stencil work might need a thin coat of joint compound if you can run your hands over it and feel the paint. Primer and paint alone will cover it but it's possible that the imprint will be visible under certain lighting or angle of sight. I'm not overly familiar with your sander but expect it's too small for most of the work but hand sanding should be good enough for most, maybe all of it.

Any big job can be overwhelming, the trick is to cut it down into multiple small jobs. Don't worry about the whole apartment, just tackle one room at a time.
 
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Old 04-04-14, 12:26 PM
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wish could afford someone to come in and do it or one of them home makeover teams to just say ok we will help I wish. I wish.

I never expected my life to be this difficult. I will start in the bathroom I dont' have a bigger sander.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuOtcHj90wM


this is the sander I have and I bought strong grit sand paper to put on it it's larger than it looks on the images.
 
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Old 04-04-14, 12:31 PM
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I have taken everyone's posts on board and will have a good think about it all and the bathroom seems the smallest area to start.I need to get masks I have goggles but I don't want to breathing in what I am sanding for obvious reasons. the bathroom wall is quite smooth.

Yet I am unsure the best paint to purchase so it won't peel.

I am in uk what would be good? I don't want to peeling off my wall easily. I am not bothered about a wall with a shiny surface would prefer a matt surface. the paint they stuck on my walls has peeled within 6 months of it being put on the walls thats terrible ( whatever did they use!)

I ma unsure what to cover my walls in do I paint them white first them paint over it?
do I prime all walls then paint over it with chosen colour instead. My head hurts!

also what can I buy. I have some B&q vouchers it'd be nice to use them.

I was thinking of buying a large tub of white paint and mixing it with tester pots! yet which kind of tester pots would be safe and wouldn't peel off my wall.

thanks!

B&Q haven't responded to emails when I go in ask questions they just blanky look at me like just buy it! when you expect in a D.I.Y store for advice you get none
 
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Old 04-04-14, 01:50 PM
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Your sander is bigger than I realized but often powered sanders don't work well on latex paint. Latex tends to heat up and melt when it's power sanded. Oil base coatings will sand well with your sander. While you do need to remove any loose paint and would want a fairly smooth surface to apply your new paint to - it doesn't need to be perfect to look decent.

It would probably be a good idea to try and identify the type of paint that was used previously - http://www.doityourself.com/forum/pa...latex-oil.html Latex paints don't adhere well to oil base enamel [could be the cause of your peeling] Whenever you want to apply latex over oil enamel you need to first coat it with a solvent based primer. The primer will adhere to the oil enamel and latex will adhere to the primer.

Generally you will find the best coatings [advice too] at your local paint store. They normally have better coatings and better trained help than a paint dept in a bigger store does. I've never been to your side of the big pond so I don't know what is available for you.

Another thing to consider is if there is oil base paint - is it lead based? Lead can be harmful if it's inhaled or ingested. Here in the states, lead based paints were banned from residential use in the 70's although for the most part those paints weren't used inside of homes since sometime in the 60's. I'm sure the folks at your local paint store can further advise you as to the likelihood of lead based coatings having been used. The only surefire way to know is to test a sample of the paint.
 
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Old 08-30-14, 10:23 AM
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Talking

quick update :-)

I sanded the door frames and skirting boards. Primed them and finally painted them with dulux eggshell.
I am not impressed with Dulux trade eggshell at all the bottom of the paint was lumpy even when stirred and so my final part of painting is not as flat as I wanted because when you hit the bottom of dulux trade eggshell it's thick and lumpy and that in my opinion is bad paint! all the place is fine except some places where the paint was running out it's a bit streaky on the inside of the bathroom door is the only place that it's happened everywhere else is fine. I am wondering if I can fix that? with extra layers of eggshell?

I have another tin which is glidden eggshell. it's not that noticeable but I hate seeing brush marks! would it be making a mess though to paint over streaky eggshell., it's mainly because even with primer the skirting boards frames are damaged from the previous tenants dog chewing things.if I was to fix it 100% it'd need new wood for the frame. it to be and it can't be helped really and I have filled things as best as I can, I am no expert just a female with a mission and won't be beaten.My friend said my God you're a trooper! you don't give up you keep going! other than remove it all and use other paint and personally at this time ( I CBA!) lol! plus I am a bit of perfectionist and my brother in law said I can't see an issue with it, God you take after you're mother perfectionist! Just leave it and forget it! or paint another coat over it with another eggshell paint.wasn't impressed with the colour as it's brightish white but you do notice the greyish tinge to it. Luckily my bathroom has grey in the pink tiles so it don't matter! and it takes days to dry it took a week for that to dry with all the layers on the frames to cover the previous tenants mess...my God this place is swallowing money and driving me spare I have done so much filling that I had to use 4 lots of filler to fill the darn hallway and need more! Yes the tenant was a pain in the butt! they left the place in dire need of D.I.y and I am exhausted from it!
the walls in bathroom I have started to paint with crown matt emulsion as a base coat. because I had an issue with the gloss paint which infact b&q recalled. I am glad I am making mistakes all in one go as I am learning form them fast.

walls in bathroom I noticed trade crown white emulsion is very thin! incredibly thin! it is so thin it's drying but I am seeing the pink under it! I am dreading painting it again. I used a paint roller but, I am tempted to go back and use normal harris brushes to paint the walls with the emulsion. because I am finding the harris retractable roller and the harris sleeve to be a bit rubbish! I honestly don't like the telescopic roller. I have always painted walls that had blown vinyl on them before evenly with a paintbrush.


I have made some mistakes as I am unwell and yep the wrist is damaged.I have less energy to do things and strength than other people do so it's very much a difficult job for me.I know I will get there in the end a lot of patience.



I know it's a lot to read through too! Thanks
 
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Old 08-30-14, 10:40 AM
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There are 2 causes for lumps in paint; either it is old and needs to be strained [basically dried lumps of paint or other trash] or it hasn't been mixed up well. If it's a fresh bucket of paint, it's probably the latter but it's very common for old partly used cans of paint to need straining. They sell straining bags at the paint store but you can also use panty hose [what we used before the advent of straining bags] A piece of screen wire will also work but it might miss some of the finer lumps.
 
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Old 08-30-14, 01:34 PM
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it was old paint I had been given un opened now I am having the awful problem that it won't dry! my brother's friend who does decorating gave me this and it was a full tin its been a week it won't dry at all. I am so sick of everything going wrong this place I want to bulldoze it, I am so unhappy. I don't know if it's ever going to dry a week later it's still wet...hmm. I hate this dulux paint.
 
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I re sanded some which was streaky and used a scraper n the rest re painted it over with some remaining eggshell. I wish i had strained it in the first place. I will wait for this to all dry here's hoping and then more than likely strain the other eggshell and use that over it. I wish I had someone to help me. I am really trying hard to get a job done that in truth is really the job of a strong guy to do, not a female with a damaged wrist:S
 
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Old 08-30-14, 03:27 PM
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Was the unopened paint oil base or latex? did you stir it well before using?
 
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Old 09-02-14, 08:25 AM
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Oil Based Dukux Eggshell white trade.
 
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Old 09-02-14, 12:09 PM
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Sometimes old oil base coatings loose some of their ability to dry/cure. If you want to continue to use that bucket, it would be a good idea to add some 'japan drier' to the paint. You'll probably have to go to a paint store that caters to pro painters to find it, it doesn't take much.
 
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