Painting & Decorating Question

Removing lincrusta or similar

Hi all,

I'm in the process of buying a 1930's semi in the wembley area. The vast majority of the walls are covered in what I believe is lincruta or some other embossed wall covering which has been painted over.

I have a couple of questions:

What is the best method of removal - (usual stripper + elbow grease)

Typically what condition are the walls underneath (obviously this is just an average guess as there are a number of other factors that could affect the wall eg damp etc).

If the walls themselves are in fairly ok condition what needs to be done to get them to a nice crisp finish and ready to paint?

Totally new to this so any advice would be greatly appreciated.



4 Answers

Best Answer

Skim over those many times painted wallpapers is the easiest way. Because they being fairly solid and hardened by plenty of coats of different paints.

Answered 19th Aug 2011


Member since 5 Dec 2010

Hi Loulou,

My estimation is the embossed paper is just an easy way to keep decorating by over painting without replacing the wall paper every few years. Your job will be elbow grease firstly scratching through the paper / paint and steaming the paper off to see whats underneath before the next stage. Good luck - get some friends - bottles of wine - and strip !!
Kind regards

Answered 5th Jul 2011

ELLIOTTS Property Services Ltd

Member since 25 May 2011

Hi Lou

yes elbow grease and a steam stripper although steam stripper can cause the plaster to blow if it is the original plaster,which I guess it proberley is..Once stripped I would cross line with 1200 grade lining paper and paint over giving a nice finish.The other option is to re plaster the rooms which I have known people to do even if the walls are not that bad.hope this helps?



Answered 11th Jul 2011

STM & Daughters

Member since 27 Jun 2008

my advice..if you are not prepared to put in the hours or hire somebody to remove the covering...i to get the lot is odds on youll need a plaaterer anyway as this stuff has been up 80 years..skimm the lot

Answered 19th Aug 2011

charles decoration

Member since 21 Sep 2010

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