4 Steps to Chip off Paint

scraper laying next to wall with pile of paint chips below

You may find that it is necessary for you to chip paint to remove it from a wall. This is necessary to allow for a new paint job or to simply clear off the wall so that you can hang wallpaper. Whatever the reason may be, you will find that chipping off paint from your wall is something anybody can do with a little bit of work and the right tools.

Step 1 - Prepare

The first thing you need to do is prepare the area for the task at hand. In order to do this, lay a tarp down onto the floor in front of the wall you are planning on working with. You will find this is going to be the best way for you to deal with the clean up you will have later on. Paint chips are dangerous for pets and people and are also hard to pick up by hand or even with a vacuum.

Step 2 - Clean

You are going to need to make sure that the wall is as clean as possible before you begin. This will help to make the task at hand much easier. Wipe the wall down with a damp, soft cloth. Make sure that you get all pieces of loose paint as well as any dirt off of your wall.

Step 3 - Scrape

scraping a wall

Once the wall is clean, you will need to get your scraper out and place the blade part of it up against your wall. Make sure that you use light pressure as you do this so you don’t damage to your wall. Press the blade up under any paint that is already loose or cracked. If there is not any, then simply start wherever you wish. Angle your blade so it is not pushed up against the surface of the wall. As you push the blade, it should slide under the paint and cut through any chips that are loose. Once you have an area that you have begun to cause chips in, work your way out from it.

Step 4 - Wash

After you have gotten the entire wall scraped clean of all of the paint, then it is time for you to wash it. Get a bucket and fill it up with warm water and mix it with a wall washing compound. Read the directions of the compound to make sure that you use the right amount of water and compound mixed together. Use your soft cloth to wipe down the wall. Make sure that all of the loose paint chips are gone as well as any additional dust, grease or dirt. Once the wall is clean, get out another soft cloth and dry your wall. Once the wall is completely dry, you can now move on to repainting the wall or hanging wallpaper or vinyl.