Paint on a chimney breast

The Guardian, Saturday 2 October 2010

Our stone chimney breast has been covered in matt emulsion. How can we restore it to its original appearance?

“Hard graft, I’m afraid,” says DIY expert Julian Cassell. “Try a wire brush on a test area – you may have to be quite vigorous, but you will also need to take care not to score the stone surface too much. Next, apply an all-purpose paint stripper by brush, leave to react, then scrape off. In your case, you’ll need a stiff brush to remove the stripped residues, and probably more than one application, interspersed with cleaning down with water. It will be messy, so use dustsheets, and wear goggles and protective clothing as directed.”

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