Distemper removal


Postby Billi-Jane » Thu Apr 17, 2008 6:16 pm

I live in a Victorian terraced house and have recently started to renovate the decorative plaster work. The paint layers came off easily with the use of a steamer, but I found a layer of distemper beneath them. I have managed to remove some, with great difficulty, and would like to know if there are any prodcuts available that would speed up the process. Does anyone have any ideas?
Billi-Jane
Posts: 3
Joined: Thu Apr 17, 2008 5:10 pm

Sponsor

Simply Build It

Postby chris_on_tour2002 » Fri Apr 18, 2008 11:28 am

a pva water solution should seal it.
chris_on_tour2002
Posts: 1023
Joined: Thu Aug 30, 2007 9:14 pm


Postby Billi-Jane » Sun Apr 20, 2008 6:07 pm

[quote="chris_on_tour2002"]a pva water solution should seal it.[/quote]

Thanks, but I really want to renovate the plaster work, sealing over the distemper is really not an option, it really needs to be removed, especially as I've already started the job. I was really hoping there was some product available to speed up the process, rather than the laborious method of soaking and scraping.
Billi-Jane
Posts: 3
Joined: Thu Apr 17, 2008 5:10 pm


Postby rosebery » Sun Apr 20, 2008 8:47 pm

Distemper is made from a mixture of whiting and glue.

If you're having trouble removing it then yes you should seal it but I wouldn't recommend PVA. Firstly PVA is glue and just leaves a skim on the surface and will not penetrate and secondly it's water based so will go live again the moment you put new wet paint on it.

Use either a stabilising solution or an oil based sealer/primer. BIN or the shellac based Bulls-Eye (both by Zinsser) are particularly recommended - but they ain't cheap.

Cheers
rosebery
Posts: 2022
Joined: Wed Sep 26, 2007 8:55 pm


Postby rosebery » Mon Apr 21, 2008 8:38 pm

I posted the above before a moderator cleared your reply to Chris. It isn't that I can't read!

Have you tried a steam stripper in that case?

Cheers
rosebery
Posts: 2022
Joined: Wed Sep 26, 2007 8:55 pm


Postby Billi-Jane » Tue May 06, 2008 8:40 pm

[quote="rosebery"]I posted the above before a moderator cleared your reply to Chris. It isn't that I can't read!

Have you tried a steam stripper in that case?

Cheers[/quote]

Hi, thanks for the tip, got to be quicker than my present method! Think I'll wait til the warm weather's over first thought!
Billi-Jane
Posts: 3
Joined: Thu Apr 17, 2008 5:10 pm


Display posts from previous
Sort by
Order by


 


  • Related Topics