|Really?! There is absolutely no excuse.|
One wall is half neon green and half black chalkboard. The other wall is blue and green with painted circles. Both walls are hideous.
In addition to a general lack of taste, the person who painted this room must have lacked painter's tape. Rather than taping, they allowed primer and multiple coats of paint to drip all over the aluminum that holds the drywall in place.
What would ever compel someone to paint an architectural masterpiece without taking the simple step of taping? Shame on you, former owners!
This left us with a few options:
- Do nothing and suffer with the hideous walls.
- Paint the aluminum and the walls the same color.
- Repaint the walls only and suffer with the neon green and black splotches.
- Go through a painstaking paint removal process and properly repaint the walls.
We tried washing with water - stupid idea. We tried scraping with a putty knife - scratched the aluminum. We tried nearly every method we could come up with - terpentine, latex paint remover, paper towel, toothbrush, scrubby - but nothing was terribly effective and everything took a looooooong time. Over an hour into the project, not a single aluminum strip was clean.
If we just buy a little silver spraypaint... Nobody ever has to know, right? :)
Ultimately, instead of taking the easy way out, we removed the aluminum strip from the wall. We'll be scrubbing each strip with paint thinner, washing it clean, then repeating the process for another six to eight hours until each aluminum strip is spotless. :) In the end, it will be worth it.
At least that's what we keep telling ourselves.
|The best paint remover we used.|
|Paint remover and paper towel... Not a great solution.|
|Paint remover and toothbrush... getting better.|
|Paint remover and firm scrubby... even better.|
|Paint remover and putty knife... not a good idea.|
|Removal of the entire aluminum strip was ultimately necessary... Unfortunately there are a dozen in the room.|
|Now we're doing it all over again. Joy.|