Is original wall paint safe to scrape off wall?
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Ironmighty
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Is original wall paint safe to scrape off wall?

Post by Ironmighty » Sun Nov 19, 2023 11:54 am

Hello
I am removing wallpaper and backing paper from a 1950s house, with the aim of painting over the walls.
Under the backing paper there is a thin single coat of yellow-brown paint on the plaster. Some of it has come off.

Does anyone know what this is? Is it safe to scrape off? And do I need to remove it all?
Many thanks.
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Re: Is original wall paint safe to scrape off wall?

Post by stoneyboy » Tue Nov 21, 2023 10:25 pm

Hi ironmighty,
They’re a fair chance your wall is coated with a distemper paint. How you deal with this will be a matter of trial and error. You’ve tried scraping, but try using a wallpaper steamer to make this easier. You could try painting over it but the new paint may lift. You could also try a modern distemper paint.. work on small areas to evaluate success.
Regards S

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Re: Is original wall paint safe to scrape off wall?

Post by Ironmighty » Fri Nov 24, 2023 2:36 pm

Many thanks for the reply, that is most helpful.
Kind regards.

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