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Have done a stupid thing re picking at paint on staircase...

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Albrecht Sat 23-Jul-11 12:26:01

Bought a 100 yr old house few months ago. Don't know anything about diy, which will become obvious as I don't know what the bit is called - skirting board on the staircase? Anyway has been freshly painted by previous owner but looks awful, bashes and cracks showing through etc. Ds knocked a picture off the wall and it bounced down the aforementioned skirting bit.

So I picked a bit. Then I went and got a butter knife... blush

And now I've got some huge holes in the white paint with dark green and a tiny bit of wood showing through. How many million hours work will it be to clean up and how do I know if the wood is nice enough to be naked?

kbaby Sat 23-Jul-11 17:28:55

No diy expert either but I think you'll have to get paintstripper to take it all off but it will take you days to do all the skirting and scrape the paint off.

minipie Mon 25-Jul-11 17:26:16

I doubt you'd want the wood naked if it's a 100 year old house - chances are it would have been painted originally (unless possibly it's an arts and crafts house).

If you want to leave it painted, you don't need to strip the paint off the whole skirting. What you need to do is to use decorator's filler to fill in the holes. Then wait for it to dry. Then sand the filler till it is smooth and flush with the rest of the paintwork. Then paint over the filler. For best results you would at this stage repaint the entire skirting so that the whole thing has had the same last coat of paint IYWSIM.

There are probably videos on Youtube or other websites of how to do this - maybe try googling "repair chipped woodwork paint" or something.

OhYouBadBadKitten Mon 25-Jul-11 20:37:33

would it have lead paint? <clueless>
Its just the sort of thing I end up doing. Fiver minutes of fiddling=weeks of diy.

Albrecht Fri 29-Jul-11 19:48:16

Thanks for the replies, especially minipie that is really useful.

Have picked loads more off now as it all looked awful anyway as they'd just painted over peeling chipped stuff previously with really thick paint.

It will look ace one day...

echt Sun 31-Jul-11 00:41:37

It will have lead paint, that's for sure, so google how to remove it safely.

EttiKetti Sun 31-Jul-11 06:45:52

My house is a similar age and I Nitromorsed ours......then repainted as it looked cack!

PanicMode Sun 31-Jul-11 12:06:41

We're in the process of stripping our Victorian staircase etc. Be very careful as the chances are that there is lead paint - you can get a testing kit cheaply from B&Q - and you need to use Nitromorse and sand as little as possible, with as much ventilation as possible.

Albrecht Sun 31-Jul-11 16:00:06

Thanks all, DirectGov have a page on lead paint that was useful. Sigh, its never easy is it?

minipie Tue 02-Aug-11 16:24:43

If you want to strip it completely the way to do it is to burn it off using a blowtorch.

But as others say be very very careful about lead paint and fumes.

Personally I would pick all the loose bits off (right back till you are sure the remaining bits are solid), then fill and sand like I described in my previous post. I wouldn't try stripping the whole lot unless you think it's all loose underneath.

Iggly Tue 02-Aug-11 16:51:37

Yep there will be lead paint! You could use chemical paint stripper - there are Eco friendly ones which are good apparently and don't smell.

However you also have to be careful about clearing up - your standard vacuum won't do the trick so need to hire a hepa-grade filter one. Lead is poisonous especially to kids.

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