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I need some help here. I am trying to repaint the interior of my home. However this is turning into a huge mess as many of the plaster walls have cracked paint. I have been scraping what seems to be for ever. Paint chips everywhere! How do I know when to stop? It appears to be coming off right down to the original plaster walls.

when I do get to a point where is seems it's not chipping away too much what do I do at that point? I obviously dont want to see the paint line in the wall through the new paint? Do I sand the edges smooth or spackle?? It's huge area that I've scraped down...probably about 5x5 feet...so far.

Any advice you can offer would greatly be appreciated.

Thank you!

Chris
 

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keep on scraping. you need to remove as much of the loose paint as possible. sand and feather any reamaining paint and a skim coat of mud and a high build primer wouldnt be a bad idea. did you do a lead test on any of this old paint?
 

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Thanks for your help. I think I'm done scraping. It's gotten to the point where I am chisiling and it's just coming off in little chips which for the most part I seem to be forcing.

So I guess I'll get to sanding as you suggested.

No, I did not test for lead....how do you do that? Guess I'm already exposed if there is.
 

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yep, you should be really exposed now. lead test kits can be found at any paint store or box store that sells paint. good luck with your project.
 

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ok get loose paint off walls:yes: ,but dont look for problems:mad:,a once over and move on .your never going to feather sand and have this look good:no:.get a product called peel stop by zinsser:yes: ,the big boxes wont carry it your going to have to go to a paint store .apply peel stop. a good amount roll or brush this will lock down edges, let dry then do a skim coat of joint compound. let dry prime paint. a 5x5 area is a piece of cake:wink:
 
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