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Painting Works: To Scrape or Not to Scrape?


Painting works are somewhat similar to applying makeup. Craftsmen use various peculiar powders, liquids, and pigments to apply on the walls. Although it may look similar, each step is crucial. Let's take a look at common wall structures and the painting process.

Common Wall Structure, consisting of approximately 6 layers from the base up:


1. "Concrete/Brick" > 2. "Plastering with Sand Cement" > 3. "Paper Joint" > 4. "Moisture-Resistant Primer" > 5. "Basecoat" > 6. "Latex Paint"

Painting Process for Walls:

1. Scraping

2. Applying Moisture-Resistant Primer

3. Plastering

4. Sanding and Cleaning Wall Plaster

5. Applying Latex Paint


"Scraping" is the process of removing the old latex paint and loose base plaster. Scraping helps ensure the durability of the new paint. Craftsmen typically start by wetting the wall with water and then scraping off the old paint. In some cases, older walls may have hidden layers of plaster, and it may take multiple scrapings to achieve the desired result, potentially incurring additional charges. Many people believe that scraping down to the concrete or brick is necessary, but in reality, scraping down to the basecoat is sufficient. Scraping too deep can damage the wall, leading to the need for extensive repairs. It's essential to strike the right balance. To learn more about renovation terminology, stay tuned to DECOLAND's Renovation Glossary!


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