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Old 03-24-2016, 11:01 PM   #1
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Stripping Down Paint to Correct a Bad Prep Job?


I have some interior walls that were inadequately prepped before painting. Specifically, the joint compound wasn't applied evenly enough and feathered enough, so once the (eggshell) paint was applied, you can clearly see the texture difference. I'm attaching a couple examples.

How would you guys go about getting started fixing this? I tried hand sanding with 80 grit paper but found that it clogged quickly and really didn't get enough of the paint off. And I'm worried about paint stripper just leaving me with a bigger mess.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!
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Skim over it with joint compound, sand, clean, repeat till smooth, prime (the newly skimmed areas) paint.

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And don't use sandpaper use sanding screens they won't plug up.
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I tried using sanding screens on another painted wall, but it wasn't getting much paint off. Is that an issue of grit perhaps? They were fine I believe.
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Follow Chrisn's advice. No method is going to REMOVE the paint on an interior wall without doing serious damage. You can't use any type of stripping agent on drywall or you will ruin/damage the drywall. You could use an orbital sander with 80 grit but it will only remove the "boogers" and may do a little bit of feathering.

Invest in some joint compound and some taping knives and watch some videos on "skim coating"
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Follow Chrisn's advice. No method is going to REMOVE the paint on an interior wall without doing serious damage. You can't use any type of stripping agent on drywall or you will ruin/damage the drywall. You could use an orbital sander with 80 grit but it will only remove the "boogers" and may do a little bit of feathering.

Invest in some joint compound and some taping knives and watch some videos on "skim coating"
Got it. That makes things a lot easier. I've gotten pretty decent for an amateur in the last few months with joint compound (I had a bunch of holes to fix on a bedroom wall made by an awful electrician, and I can't even tell where they were now.) So if I don't have to strip the paint and can just build it up and feather it out, that sounds great to me.

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