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# interior painting problem

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09-24-01, 01:31 AM
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I am preparing to paint my living room with latex paint. The problem I have is the walls were painted originally with enamel paint. 10 years ago we painted over the enamel with latex. The latex stayed on fairly well over those 10 years but we are noticing that the latex peels off pretty easily when scraped. The latex never bubbled or peeled unless scraped. I am going to be painting again with latex paint but I feel that I need to remove the latex paint that is on there to get a better bond with the new paint. I need to know the easiest way to remove the latex paint that is on the walls . Help Please!!!

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09-26-01, 03:11 AM
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You certainly have a big problem in that you have a lot of surface to treat. One thing that you could try, and I must note that it is labor intensive, is to use an abrasive pad (something like 3M makes) to take off the latex paint. This will serve to take off the paint and make for a rough surface so that the next coat of latex paint can stick to the enamel paint. Enamel paints can tend to get very hard as time passes and when the latex was applied, the enamel could have been too hard or too glossy for the latex to stick very well. If you do this and you have the time, put on a small amount of latex in a small area and see if you get the adhesion that you want.