My wife and I recently bought a Southern California home that was built in 1946. The walls are plaster and we have found that in many areas the paint is chipping right off the wall. It is coming off in thick chunks, and the more I chase it with the sc****r the more it spreads.

Here is an album with some before and "after" shots.

Some of the paint is holding strong while other areas flake right off. I am really hoping I won't have to sit here and sc**** down the entire house, but clearly I can't leave it like this either.

Should I just try to sc**** the flakiest bits and then skim coat over the rest? How would you handle it?