Removing paint from walls can be a tedious and time-consuming task. But with the right tools and techniques, you can easily remove paint without sanding. Chemical paint removers are the most common method for removing paint from walls. To use this method, start by placing cloths on the floor and applying the stripper to the entire wall with a paint roller.
When the paint bubbles, scrape it off with a paint scraper and rinse with cold, clean water. Scraping is another option for removing flaky, peeling paint from the wall. Put on a dust mask before scraping the paint off with a blade. If the scraper doesn't work, use a liquid paint softener remover and follow the instructions.
Heat is another option for removing paint without sanding. Wear a respiratory mask and ventilate rooms with exhaust fans before using a heating gun, blowtorch or iron to apply heat to a section of the wall. Once it starts to bubble, use a scraper to remove the paint. Sanding is also an option for removing paint from walls.
Put on protective gear such as a mask, goggles, gloves and closed-toed shoes before using an orbital electric sander with 40 grit sandpaper. Sand the wall section by section and be sure to place a cloth or canvas on any nearby appliance or furniture. If you have small metal objects covered or splashed with paint, baking soda and boiling water can make it easier to remove the paint. Pour at least a liter of water in a pot and add a quarter cup of baking soda before submerging the metal objects in the pot. Chemical-based paint strippers are also an effective way to remove old paint from walls. Put on protective gear before applying the product with a brush and leaving it on the surface of the paint for several hours.
Before buying a paint remover or preparing the area, inspect the wood you will be working with. If you want to repaint the wall, follow the instructions on the stripper to neutralize the wall and not ruin the new paint. If you want to replace boards instead of peeling them and repainting them, be sure to clean them first with hot water and soap. Unfortunately, paint itself still presents some hazards, especially lead paint on older homes. Be sure to wear protective gear when working with any type of paint remover.