G’day, noobie here. I’ve been renovating my house for ages and it’s taking even longer again because I’m working almost full-time, have a kid, on my own and doing post-grad studies which is whipping my butt a bit. A staff member at my local Bunnings advised me to remove all the old paint in my house as it is crackled in places and showing signs of mould in others. The pics I showed (on my old phone that died a painful death) had him suggesting they used a water based paint over an enamel paint. It’s such a slow process though. I’ve been using a blade scraper and heat gun, but I’m wondering if there’s a quicker way (that won’t bust my chops on the electric bill)? I’ve tried various sanders, but it just doesn’t seem to budge, and on one particular wall in my bedroom (sleeping on couch until bedroom done), the old paint isn’t even budging with the heat gun! I have Masonite walls in most of the house. Anyone have an idea how to get this stuff off quicker? I have big plans for my bedroom, but I’m stuck until I can repaint it.
Many thanks for joining Workshop. We're really pleased to have you in the community and trust that you'll get loads of helpful advice and inspiration for your projects around the home from our clever and creative members. I'm sure we can all identify with the challenge of finding enough time to work on the house.
Have you tried paint stripper?
Welcome to the community @Kree8
I have to agree with @Jason that paint strippers can be a better option than heat gun.
Just a little trick I learnt from stripping slate is for troublesome areas put the stripper on cover in glad wrap and leave for 1 and a half to 2 hours. When you come back peal a section away at a time and most of the paint will come up with the glad wrap.
Hope it works out for you.
Kind regards Rob 👍
Would you consider replacing the walls with new gyprock @Kree8? It might be quicker/cheaper than all the time trying to sand/strip back?
Totally agree with @Kermit
The smell of stripper can linger for quite a while.
Without seeing your job, the potential is there to just take off the cornice, window and door mouldings and just glue and skrew straight over the existing layer.
Then new cornice and door and window trims.
The great thing is all this work is very easily done and if you are not sure how to do something I know there would be plenty on the community to offer some advice.
All the best getting your project done and all the best with everything else you are doing.
Your a real trooper 👍👍
Kind regards Rob
Thanks for the suggestion. I’m filling holes and gaps as I come across them and will give it a good clean with sugar soap once all the paint is off. I personally don’t like wallpaper, but I appreciate the suggestion.
I’m sure the rendered walls look really cool! I would consider it if I didn’t have a dust allergy, so smooth paint is what I need!