I've recently had a ceiling in a bedroom skimmed. Before the plasterers did this they coated the ceiling surface with a diluted PVA mix. The problem is that this mix dripped down the walls, which I'm not having re-plastered. I want to paint the walls (some are currently just plaster others have paint on them), however when I tried to do this big drip marks could be seen through the paint. I've tried to scrap the glue off but this takes some of the plaster off as well, leaving me with damaged walls. Does anybody have any suggestions for how I can remove PVA glue from walls without damaging them?
If you look on the removing paint on the projects page a product called Home Strip paint and varnish remover will also remove glue. The product is totally safe and wont have any affects on your health compared to solvents that could potentially kill you.
[quote="pbp"]If you look on the removing paint on the projects page: http://www.diydoctor.org.uk/projects/paintstrip.htm a product called Home Strip paint and varnish remover will also remove glue. The product is totally safe and wont have any affects on your health compared to solvents that could potentially kill you.[/quote]
It will also probably be worth contacting Eco Solutions to check whether the product will also work on PVA.
Although this is a very old thread, I do have to jump in here. vidwiz has suggested sealing walls with PVA. Under no circumstances should this be done. It can cause all sorts of problems. Even the manufacturers do not recommend it to be used in this way. PVA is a very useful product with many uses, but has no place in decorating work.
Having C&G in my trade and being a decorator for 20 years plus I can assure you that PVA,, if used correctly, can be very useful to the DIY decorator as well as very cost effective. Yes it must not be used on fresh, dry plaster due to salts needing to get to the surface over time (efflorescence) nor should it be used on fresh drying plaster as the water would have no where to go. However, older porous substrates can be effectively sealed prior to decoration. Emulsion paint can mechanically bond to the tacky finish of diluted PVA as well as bond at a molecular level.
This argument has gone on since the dawn of PVA time so I will say no more now, there's already plenty of info on the net if people wish to research for themselves.