How to Remove Textured Paint

Textured paint is one of those things which can be controversial in decorating. It suits many people in certain homes, but for others it is one of those things that go as soon as they move into a new place. Fortunately, removing textured paint is not as difficult as it might seem. You can save hundreds of dollars by doing it yourself rather than employing a contractor. The job is labor intensive, but there are products available which can make it easier. You should still be prepared for several hours of work, depending on the size the area of textured paint which you want to remove.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Gel textured paint stripper
  • Sandpaper with electric sander
  • Putty
  • Putty knife
  • Scraper
  • Drop cloths
  • Gloves

Step 1 – Prepare the Area

First, make sure that the surrounding floor is protected using drop cloths. Removing textured paint will cause a lot of mess. You may also want to have a dustpan and brush at your disposal to clear up the mess as it is made and load up the debris into a large plastic sacks.

Step 2 - Apply the Paint Stripper

Apply the gel paint stripper on the surface where you want to remove the paint. You can obtain this special gel stripper at any home improvement store and it will save you a lot of time. The job is still labor intensive, but using this new kind of product will make it a great deal easier. It will only take 3 minutes to begin working. When you are working with the paint stripper, it is a good idea to wear protective gloves.

Step 3 – Scrape off the Surface

When the gel has had time to work, you can then start removing the textured surface. This process is labor intensive and can take quite a few hours. You need to be sure that you remove everything so that the wall is ready for repainting. Use the scraper and start removing the paint. You should find that it easily slips away once the gel has had time to work. The job can get tedious, so it is a good idea to focus on one section before moving on to the next. The job also needs to be done carefully, because it is easy to inadvertently damage the wall beneath. Determine the amount of pressure that you should apply and get into the habit of using the scraper at the right angle for optimal results.

Step 4 – Sand Down the Walls

When you have finished removing all of the paint, you will need to prepare the surface for repainting. To do this, sand down the walls using an electric sander. Many parts of the wall will be rough or perhaps even damaged from the previous step.

Step 5 – Carry out Repairs

Using putty and the putty knife, repair any areas that you damaged before. When the putty is dry, sand the area down. Finally, remove any dust and then you can paint the wall as you desire.