How to strip paint off walls ready for a new coat of paint

Gloved hand using wall scraper to remove paint
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If you have walls that are painted badly, knowing how to strip paint off walls properly can potentially help transform a room. 

Getting rid of the poor paint job is the first step, before looking at applying new paint correctly to give the room a professional finish.

Here we give you the low down on how to strip paint off walls, including the different techniques and tools you can use to give you a surface that is perfect for painting a room

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.