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Offline estesbubba

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Sanding painted tissue-papered wall with ETS 150/5?
« on: October 27, 2020, 12:14 PM »
The previous owners of our house thought it would be cool to tissue paper the kitchen and dining room walls and paint over them. We are going to update our kitchen and now have the fun of removing it and I thought about starting with my ETS 150/5 and wondering what grit should I try? I'm also open to any other ideas to get it back to smooth drywall without having to do repairs. It's not super thick and I attached a photo of a section.

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Offline mkasdin

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Re: Sanding painted tissue-papered wall with ETS 150/5?
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2020, 02:10 PM »
I would be tempted to use a floor scraper first on the large chunks? You can also try using a small electric planer run it backwards at the lowest setting feathering the trigger? Sandpaper Use either 60-80 grit. I think 40 grit is to aggressive? You’ll probably want to skim coat the wall afterwards. That’s  another (nightmare) time consuming proposition. Try a test somewhere inconspicuous first. I’m hoping for your sake he didn’t tissue paper the ceilings and closet. Obviously he never had 2nd grade art class so he practiced Art Deco on your new home. Good luck 🍀
Try using a hand plane with a sharp blade, you don’t want to damage the wall anymore than you have to. Also a surform handplane  might work better....
I took a look at the picture again and he embedded tissue paper underneath. Get some painters tape and see if the paint peels off? It looks like he did a good job 👍. Also try some gorilla tape and see if it comes off. If the whole mess is embedded well then just get rid of the chunks and prime and skimcoat over it.  If you have the whole house like this you should get a planex drywall sander and knock it down.  The 150mm sander is not the right tool unless your doing just a wall and not interested in starting from scratch. Welcome to the world of remodeling (heck).
« Last Edit: October 27, 2020, 02:50 PM by mkasdin »

Offline Alex

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Re: Sanding painted tissue-papered wall with ETS 150/5?
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2020, 02:52 PM »
ETS 150/5 with 80 grit paper should be enough to do this job. Don't use a lower grit, it will destroy your walls.

Afterwards apply a ready made thin-plaster to get rid of any scratches. 
« Last Edit: October 27, 2020, 05:00 PM by Alex »

Offline FestitaMakool

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Re: Sanding painted tissue-papered wall with ETS 150/5?
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2020, 07:17 PM »
If the paint isn’t watertight, an option is to try a steam generator. It should get moist/soft enough to scrape off with a wide scraper.
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Offline aloysius

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Re: Sanding painted tissue-papered wall with ETS 150/5?
« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2020, 03:06 AM »
Agreed.  A steamer (if it works) & hand scraper would be a good start.  Provided the steam can get through the paint & actually softens the glue.

Maybe just try a small patch with your partner's steam iron first before hiring a steamer?  Won't hurt the iron (the paint won't adhere) & will soon let you know whether it works.

Be prepared for your abrasive papers to clog frequently with paint residue.
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