Asked on Apr 14, 2013

Removing Textured Paint??

CaperniusCharmaine OrtegaKMS Woodworks


We have hideous textured paint in our entry way that needs to be removed. Anyone know how to do this? New dry wall really isn't an option right now, but not sure if there are any other options.
7 answers
  • Gail Salminen
    on Apr 15, 2013

    @Misty I have been thinking about your question - even googled it without success :P The only thing I can think of is to either sand the walls to smooth it out or mud the entire wall. You may get better advice if you post a pic of the wall. What you may want to do first is paint a small section with a colour more to your liking to see if you like that effect. Good luck and please do update us via this post with a pic. Thanks for posting :) I am interested in what others say.

  • your options are limited. 1. remove and replace wall, 2, knock down finish and plaster coat the wall. 3. knock down finish and using a power sander, (can be rented just for doing plaster with vacuum etc) and sand finish down touch up and paint. 4. Knock down finish and use a sizing paper to cover the walls, paper and paint. You may find if the texture on the wall is quite heavy which I suspect is what you have, by sanding the surface without going crazy you may be able to keep some of the texture and at the same time remove the overly offending surface that exists at this time. If it was me, I would sand down, perhaps even texture again once bulk texture is gone and refinish with good coat of paint.

  • Gail Salminen
    on Apr 15, 2013

    @Misty the post from @Woodbridge Environmental (who has made excellent suggestions), makes me wonder if perhaps the texture is from a textured wallpaper meant for painting. Have you checked this out? May be as easy as - if you can call it easy - stripping wallpaper. Not sure you would see or be able to feel seams in the paper. Perhaps posting a pic might help. Do let us know, now I am curious.

  • Gail Salminen
    on Apr 15, 2013

    @Misty forgot to mention, if your home was built before 1978 it could have lead paint in one or more layers. If this is the case it would be a hazard to sand it due to lead in dust can be inhaled causing a health hazard to everyone but especially to children and unborn babies (it will cross the placental barrier). Hope this is not the case for you.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Apr 15, 2013

    Do you mean textured wall ( ie: splatter knock down, fine grain popcorn, orange peel, Venetian, etc) or is it just "roller" texture from many years of painting or one of the designer paint textures like leather, granite etc. that are done with special rollers. When older (smooth) drywall is often repaired it is tough to get the new area to blend in due to the "multi coat" paint roller Phenomenon. Hench the popularity of "textured" walls. Woodbridge has some great idea but we need to know a little more about what this texture is actually from.

  • Charmaine Ortega
    on May 13, 2013

    If you are talking about a popcorn finish i have experience with that. First I tried the water spray, soak and scrape method which was a huge mess but got the popcorn finish off down to the dry wall. won't do that again... next time I tried just taking a paint scraper and scraping the nubs off. It was dusty and you have to wear a mask but it was quicker and faster and looked just fine...

    • Carrie Krumrie
      on Feb 5, 2016

      There is a tool which is a scraper with a plastic bag that attaches to the tool. Spray and scrap. ..get scaffolding to push around. It will help with your arms not getting tired. Use a shop vac to keep the dust down. Good luck!!

  • Capernius
    on May 17, 2015

    There was a blog that a lady & her hubby scraped the ceiling in their home, then to this prepackaged flooring boards, and attached them to the ceiling. I know the boards are all tongue & groove, so they are meant to snap together. I don't know if this will work for you, but it's another idea to think about....

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