Removing Textured Paint from Interior Walls


There are many different ways to remove textured paint from the interior walls within your home or business. Scraping with a paint stripper is one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to accomplish this task, and since the gel type paint stripper that is used can be found at most home improvement stores, it is a job that can be accomplished within a few hours.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Paint stripper (gel type)
  • Paint scrapper
  • Drop clothes or painter’s plastic
  • Painter’s tape

Step 1 - Cover the Floor

This is a very messy job so before beginning cover the floor that is underneath the wall, as well as any furniture or appliances that may be close. Use drop clothes and plastic to cover everything. Use a good quality painters tape around the edges to secure the plastic and drop clothes into place.

Step 2 - Apply the Paint Stripper

Apply the gel type paint stripper onto the textured paint and allow it to set for the amount of time suggested on the label of the product that you are using. Some of these strippers can have a strong odor, so if this bothers you make sure to wear a small mask that covers your mouth and nose. 

Step 3 - Scrape the Walls

Using a paint scrapper begin removing the textured paint. Start at one of the corners at the very top and work your way over and down the wall. Always work from top to bottom. Be extra careful when scrapping because if you put to much pressure into the tool it can easily cause rips and gouges within them. Take your time and get into a set rhythm with a set amount of pressure to take the textured paint off without causing any damage.

Step 4 - Sand

The final step in removing textured paint from the interior walls of your home or business is to sand. Use a fine grid sandpaper that is suited for the material that you are working on. If the walls are wood, then use wood sandpaper, if the walls are drywall, use a drywall version. Once again being careful to not cause any damage to the wall, sand the entire area smooth. If the scrapping left some chunks of textured paint, then sand them down until they have been completely removed. 

If any damage did occur during this process be sure to fill them in with putty, drywall mud, or any other type of filler that is designed for the specific walls that you are working on.

Step 5 - Finishing Up

That is all that there is to removing textured paint from interior walls. This is a very easy process but may take some time to accomplish, depending on the size of the room and how many walls need to be stripped. Just remember to take your time, wear a painter's mask if you need to, and repair any damage done immediately after scrapping. In this way the textured paint will be removed and the wall will be ready for a new coat of paint or stain to be applied.