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Old 01-01-2008, 01:49 PM   #1
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how do I remove light and plug plates that are sealed on tight without damaging the wall around them? I'm thinking that they were put on wet paint and sealed themselves. I'm a new owner of an old house and would like to change paint colors and / or just the plates for brass ones. Tara

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Use a razorknife and cut around perimiter.

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Take a razor knife and trace around the cover. Go around a couple of times. Then try to pry off.

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They will need to be pried off
As a painter I use a 5-in-1 tool, (which is really a 38-in-1 tool), but some regular sort of putty knife should do it
Sometimes the end of the putty knife needs a wack with a hammer, almost like a chisel, to get those things off

There's no guarantees, it depends on how they were stuck, but usually they come off w/o little or no damage with a little prying and/or a light wack

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okay, next question how do I paint so it is not so blotchy? I don't understand why it isn't the same as painting a canvas.
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I don't understand why it isn't the same as painting a canvas.
Oh, it's real different
Different paint, different tools, different substrate...
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what kind of paint are you using?

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