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

a pva water solution should seal it.
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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.
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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.

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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?

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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!
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