Proper preparation of plaster surfaces is critical when the new papers are this eye-catching. Calcimine also known as kalsomine or distemper is essentially ground chalk blended with water with glue as a binder. Calcimine paint is not very durable. It was meant to be washed off before fairly frequent reapplication.
What Is the Easiest Way to Remove Old Paint From Plaster Walls?
How to Plaster a Wall: 15 Steps (with Pictures) - wikiHow
Makeover programmes on television make repainting look easy. You just open a tin of paint in a garish colour that makes the home owner say, "Ooh, I never would have chosen that myself," no neither would any of us , and then just slap it on. If the wall's in good condition, then that's fine but chances are, a year after the cameras have gone, the wall won't be looking so pristine. Painting over any surface isn't just an amateur habit, I watched a 'professional' painter slap white gloss on to a neighbour's windows, covering layers of flaking paint that had built up over years. Stripping off the old layers of paint takes ages so a painter may not do that job unless you specify it.
Plaster walls offer a number of exciting decorating opportunities, from wallpaper to new paint jobs to installing interior decorative panels. Regardless of your choice, the plaster walls must be completely clean and stable, and oftentimes that involves removing old paint from the surface. The porous nature of plaster can make this a difficult task, so start with the simplest method and work your way through products and solutions until you find the one that works for you. The easiest way to remove old paint, if it is already loosened, peeling or chipped, is with a putty knife, plastic scraper or an oscillating tool with rigid scraper blade. Simply work the flat edge of the tool across the surface of the wall to remove loosened pieces of paint.