How To Remove Faux Paint From Walls

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How To Remove Faux Paint From Walls

If you have a faux painted wallpainting over that faux finish may be something that has been on your mind. Faux finishes can be especially tricky to remove, so be sure you have the time set aside to see this particular project through to the end. On a more positive note, learning how to remove a faux finish will bring you one step closer to painting your walls and having your home look better than ever!

Materials You Will Need to Remove Faux Paint Finish:

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  • Rags/Cloth
  • Drop Cloth
  • Safety Goggles
  • Face Mask
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Scraper
  • Electric Sander/Sandpaper
  • Drywall Sander
  • Shop Vacuum
  • Sheets
  • Plastic Sheets
  • Paintbrushes/roller
  • Primer
  • Paint

1. Prepare

  • Lay down a drop cloth or tarp on the floor beneath the walls you will be working on. This will quicken the clean up process later.
  • Put on your safety goggles and a face mask before you start to sand the wall smooth.
  • If you have any furniture nearby move it out of the room or protect it with cloth or plastic sheets.

2. Sand
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  • With either an electric sander or sandpaper pads begin sanding the wall.
  • Move the sander/sandpaper in a circular motion and complete this method until you have sanded the entire surface of the wall.
  • This can be a time-consuming process, dependent on the size of the room, so take breaks when needed and remember that you don’t necessarily have to get it all done in one day.
  • If you come across some areas that are hard to get to with your electric sander try using a drywall sander by hand.

3. Clean

  • Now you need to clean up all the dust created by the sanding with a shop vacuum.
  • Wipe the wall with a moist rag/cloth to further remove any dust stuck on the walls.
  • Make sure the wall is completely smooth.

4. Prime & Paint (Optional)

  • Apply primer with a roller/paintbrush and let dry.
  • Apply two coats of paint to the walls and you’re finished!

HINT:

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  • There are so many colours and types of faux finish that it’s always a good idea to figure out what you’re working with before starting. Take a rag and soak it in rubbing alcohol before wiping it across the faux finish. If any paint comes off on your rag you know that the faux finish was water-based. If none of the faux finish is removed it was oil-based. This is handy to know when deciding what type of paint to use later.

With all of these steps on how to remove faux painting from walls you’re probably exhausted! Why not skip Step 4 and have Home Painters Toronto finish it off for you? Faux finish techniques like sponge application, plastering, dry brushing, and more may have looked nice to previous home owners, but now it’s time to modernize your living space for yourself! Call us NOW at 416-494-9095 or email brian@homepainterstoronto.com!

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