By Gene and Katie Hamilton
Step 1 : Prepare the room
Remove all the furnishings in the room and use canvas drop cloths to protect the floor. Apply painter's masking tape to the tops of all trim around windows and doors to protect it from paint stripper. Set up the ladder in one half of the room. Move across the room as you remove the textured paint.
Step 2 : Apply a gel-type chemical stripper
Wear old clothes, chemical-resistant rubber gloves, goggles and, if using a toxic stripper, a tight-fitting paint respirator. Pour the stripper in a paint pan and use a roller to apply a liberal coating over half the ceiling. Use a 3-inch paint brush to apply the stripper in corners. Use only one or two strokes to spread the stripper. Don't roll it out, as you would paint. Allow the chemical to work for the time specified, which can range from a few minutes to 24 hours, depending on the product. The finish is ready to be removed when all or most of it is visibly bubbled and wrinkled. However, if after waiting much more than the specified time the paint has not bubbled, test to see if it is softened with a scraper.
Step 3 : Remove softened paint
To remove softened paint, use a stiff putty knife. Work slowly and carefully to avoid scratching or gouging the underlying surface. Scrape the gunk into an old coffee can or onto a heavy layer of newspaper. Then, try a medium-grade steel wool (grade 0 or No.1) or an abrasive green scrubbing pad to remove stubborn paint and from areas where the scrapers were ineffective. Rinse the pad often, in water or solvent, as recommended by the manufacturer. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until all the textured paint is removed.
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