If you buy a homesecond-hand, it is most likely that the walls have gotelé, a decoration technique that consists of spreading a thicker than normal paint on the wall so that a multitude of lumps or droplets are formed.
There are people who love it, but there are others who don’t, because they want to paint it differently. This article is especially dedicated to the latter, as we will explain how to remove the stippled ceiling in the most effective way possible. If you are interested in this DIY topic, we recommend you to continue reading.
Types of paste for removing stippled wallpaper from walls
The process of removing it from the wall is not at all complicated. The first step is to choose the paste we will use for it. There are two different pastes we can choose from, and both are very effective:
Powder paste for stippling
It is usually sold in sacks or boxes of different sizes. To use it, it is necessary to mix it with water in the proportion indicated on the package by the manufacturer. It is applied with trowels and spatulas. It is very important that you get the right mixture with water and stir until it looks like mush. It should be very diluted and without lumps. Otherwise, the end result will not be the same.
If you buy this paste you save having to prepare the mixture, unless it dries out too much by the environment or you want to lighten it a little more. It is applied with a roller and finished with a trowel, spatula or special scrapers. For many, this is the most convenient option, because they don’t have to prepare the pasta themselves.
How to remove this wall decoration
Once we have prepared the paste with which we are going to work, we can get down to work. In four simple steps we will have the gotelé removed from the walls. Aim well, because it is important to take all of them into account:
Prepare doors and windows
It is very important to protect them using masking tape or adhesive paper. You should also protect the floor with cardboard or newspaper, for example. Then, remove from the wall with the help of a spatula all types of poorly adhered coatings, paint bumps…
Also clean the cracks and, if they are very large, apply filler paste first. If you do not have this type of paste, use the one you were going to use to remove the stippled paint.
Spread the paste
After preparing the paste well, spread the paste with the small spatula on the trowel, and spread the paste to remove the stipple from the bottom upwards, and then making sweeps until the finish is covered. Let it dry in the recommended time and apply the second coat of slightly more liquid paste with the laying trowel.
Another way to cover the stipple is to use a roller and smooth paste to use. In this case, spread the paste with a roller on the wall, working in areas of no more than 2 square meters so that it dries while you work. It is best to make vertical passes to cover the entire surface.
How to use the trowel and spatula
Any standard size metal trowel will do, regardless of the type of handle it has. With the arm extended, hold the trowel tightly and apply the paste from the bottom up, with the blade at a 45 degree angle until the dough is well spread.
Another recommended position that serves both to spread the paste and to smooth the applied surface. The handle is gripped with another hand position, but the trowel must also be at a 45 degree angle. Spread the paste upwards or fan it out to smooth.
How to use the spatula
The spatula is the second tool for smoothing stippled walls. It is more manageable than the trowel, if you do not have much experience, and is used to apply the second coat. It is also a good option to use when applying joint paste on plasterboard walls.
The spatula is very useful for spreading the paste from bottom to top, but also for smoothing very smoothly. It is barely held with the strength of two fingers, which make a clamp. The tool is more movable, which is why it is a favorite of those who want to remove the stippling from their walls.
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