If you want to breathe new life to a drab space, the cheapest and easiest way to do this is to repaint the walls. It’s a quick way to update the look of your space without having to do many costly and time-consuming renovations. However, if you have glossy paint on your walls, you need to remove the old layer first before you can start painting. Otherwise, the new paint won’t adhere to the surface properly.
Here’s how to remove gloss from walls.
- Ascertain the area you want to work on. Determine the room and walls that you need to update. This way, you can best decide on the color scheme your want to use as well as how much materials you need to purchase to complete the project.
- Clear the surrounding area. Once you have selected the space you want to repaint and remove the gloss from the walls, you should clear the space before starting any other type of work. Layer old newspapers or a paint drop cloth on the floor. Remove any light and outlet covers. Tape up the moldings and corners that you don’t want to repaint or touch. Make sure you have ample space to move around.
- Apply heat. If you have a heat gun, it’s one of the easiest and least labor intensive way of removing the gloss from the walls. Plug the heat gun and preheat as needed. When it is ready, simply work in sections and point it to the wall where you want to gloss to dissolve. As the gloss gets hot, it will form bubbles on the wall. You can now use a putty knife or other flat object to scrape off the gloss from the walls. It may fall off in chunks so be careful.
- Use solvents. You can also paint or chemical strippers from the hardware store. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions so you can use the product properly. Protect yourself and make sure the area is well ventilated. Cover your mouth and nose and you may want to use a pair of safety goggles. Apply the chemical stripper directly on the wall and let it do its trick. Chemical strippers come in either a liquid base or in a gel formula. Choose the appropriate type for your project.
- Scrape it off. Good old sanding paper is the most time consuming but also the most effective way of thoroughly removing any gloss on the walls. Use sandpaper in medium grit, 150 grit of so, depending on the thickness of gloss on your walls. Put some elbow grease into it to completely remove any remnants of the gloss on the walls.
- Rinse the walls with trisodium phosphate. Apply a generous amount of this chemical on your walls to clean up any remaining gloss and dirt on the walls. Again, do this in a well-ventilated space and wear the proper protective gear whenever handling any type of chemical. Rinse the trisodium phosphate with water and dry the walls completely.
Use any of these methods to remove the old layer of gloss from your walls. It takes a bit of time but it can be done.