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    Default Paint Removal

    My fiance and I just moved into a new house and decided that we wanted to paint all of our rooms to add a little personality. We decided to paint one wall of our half bath a bright red. The wall was originally pure white. We talked with about 5 Home Depot people before we did it, to try and prevent us from having to put on 10 coats to get it to be the color we desired.

    We taped off the walls and put on a primer before the first coat. After we let that dry for a day we put on the first coat. It looked a little pink, so we ended up putting on an additional 2 coats after that. It ended up looking pretty bad. We put the paint on with a roller that HD recommended and then used a paint brush around the edges. You could easily tell the difference. We figured - no big deal we will put up crown molding around the edges to cover up the brush strokes (this was going to be comic book themed so anything out of the ordinary decorating wise would be fine). Well....when we took the tape off, most of the paint around the edges came off with it. Too much, that crown molding won't cover up. So now we are stuck with repainting (we are thinking white). The problem is - how do we remove that paint that didn't come off? Do we stick with sanding? I am afraid that if we paint over it, it will be noticeable. Any suggestions?

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Paint Removal

    We taped off the walls and put on a primer before the first coat. After we let that dry for a day we put on the first coat.
    That would be the reason the paint came off when removing the tape .... the primer and paint had dried onto the tape. It's best to remove the tape when the paint hasn't fully dried.

    Considering you will likely need multiple coats to change the color from red to white again .... the areas where the tape had removed the previous coats of paint may be hidden with the multiple coats you will be applying.

    Tip .... do all the cutting in with your brush before doing the rolling.


    Just 2 cents woth.

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