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Old 03-13-2009, 12:42 PM   #1
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low VOC paint remover for painted plaster walls and ceiling


I am searching for a low VOC paint remover for use on a plaster ceiling. Have been spraying water on the sectionss where the paint doesn't come off when scraped, but progress with water alone is too slow. Suggestions appreciated. Thanks
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Your project is not a good candidate for chemical stripping
Perhaps you should post up why you need to strip, and/or what you are trying to achieve
Maybe we could suggest an alternative
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Agreed.
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Old 03-16-2009, 01:44 PM   #4
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2nd-storey bathroom ceiling. Humid/steamy environment from family showering. The former owners painted ceiling with a textured paint. It's badly peeling. Some can be scraped off but a lot of it won't come off.

I am undecided as to what will be done to the ceiling after it's been taken down to bare plaster. There is some crazing of the plaster from when someone years ago stepped on the ceiling up in the attic and did not come through but did cause some hairline cracking of the thincoat. I may put a fiberglass mesh/latex product up there and then either paint over it or trowel some clay plaster over it. I just put some clay on the walls in another bathroom and like the results.

But the goal is to get down to bare plaster and have options. I don't want to use anything with strong noxious fumes, if it can be avoided.
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Scrape and sand any loosely adhering paint/texture
Seal with a problem solving primer such as Zinsser's Gardz (most others are more "noxious")
"Skim" a layer (or three) of joint compound over the uneven areas
The whole area should at least look smooth (sand and dust as required)
Re-prime (a quality acrylic or low/no VOC should be OK at this point, or Gardz if you have enough left over)
Topcoat with your choice quality low/no VOC coating, preferably a self-priming or bath specific
Normally it's two top coats to have the best protection (non-flashing, best M/M resistant, longest lasting)
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Scrape and sand any loosely adhering paint/texture. Seal with a problem solving primer such as Zinsser's Gardz (most others are more "noxious"). "Skim" a layer (or three) of joint compound over the uneven areas
The problem is, paint that is not loosely adhering this week becomes loosely adhering next week, and starts to peel. Does the primer + skim coat + subsequent layers of paint prevent the paint underneath from delaminating?

May I ask what it is about my scenario that makes it a bad candidate for chemical stripping? Is it the plaster substrate absorbing the chemical stripper? Could the chemical stripper be neutralized afterwards?

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