How to Remove Faux Paint Finishes

What You'll Need
Old sheets
Plastic sheeting
Painter's tape
A palm sander
A dust catcher
Sand paper
A shop vacuum
Protective eye wear
A dust mask
A paint roller
Plastic bags

Faux paint finishes are typically applied with sponges as well as brushes. These types of applications produce a texture, and need to be removed in order to repaint the wall surface. The removal process can be a challenging task. It requires that you return the wall surface with a smooth condition before any painting can be started. The time needed to complete the work depends on the finish that is on the wall, and the size of the walls that you will be covering.

Step 1 – Safety

Put on your protective eyewear and dust mask, before you begin to work. The dust created by the palm sander can cause respiratory problems, so it is important to protect yourself from any debris that comes off of the walls.

Step 2 – Preparing the Room

If possible, remove the furniture from the room. Cover any remaining items with the old sheets. Lay more sheets on the floor to protect it. Cover any open doorways with plastic sheeting. Secure the sheeting to the door frames with painter's tape.

Step 3 – Sanding the Wall Surface

Secure the sandpaper to the palm sander. Connect the dust catcher to the sander. Turn on the sander, and set it to the wall. Do not hold the sander in one place. Move the sander around in circular movements. Continue sanding, until the entire wall is smooth and even.

Step 4 – Sanding Difficult Spots

In tighter spots on the wall, such as the ceiling and around trim, use a drywall sander. Sanding these areas with a palm sander could damage the wall. Be sure to put your power tools in a safe place when you finished working with them.

Step 5 – Vacuuming the Area

Clean all of the dust from the wall with your shop vacuum. Suction the dust from the walls, and the other items in the room. Suctioning the dust from the sheeting will make it easier to remove it from the room later.

Step 6 – Painting the Wall

Read the instructions provided by the manufacturer of the primer and the paint, before you begin to cover the walls. Use a paint roller to apply a primer to the wall surface. Allow the primer enough time to dry completely. When the primer is dry, apply your paint. Allow the paint to dry and then apply a second coat.

Step 7 - Cleaning-Up the Area

Wait until the paint is completely dry, and all of the dust has been removed before you remove the sheets and place the furniture back into the room. Turn the corners of the sheets into the middle, and carefully roll them up to prevent any remaining dust from falling into the room. Place the sheets into a large plastic bag.