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how to remove blackboard paint from a wall? Answered

We're looking at possibly renovating an older home (circa 1943) & previous owners painted most of a bedroom wall w/ chalkboard paint. I don't think painting over it is going to work & need to know what to do with it. Such as, do I sand it down first? Wear a mask, I'm assuming? Or is there a really simple way of removing this monster from the wall? Thanks to everyone for a wonderful site & we look forward to your answers.


Thanks to everyone for the help.....Will try to clean wall & paint over w/ good primer !! Love this site :)

did this work for you? we are in a similar position...its all over the house!

I'd suggest you hit up a home depot or similar, find some blackboard paint, then call the company who makes it and present them with a similar query, except pretend that you painted it and your son or daughter grew up, etc etc. and you want to repaint. They'll have the definitive answer, although it *may have already been given below

You should be able to paint over it as you would any other wall. Scrape, fill , sand, etc. any dmaged areas. Clean and prime with a good quality primer/undercaot, and paint it. It's all in the prep.


6 years ago

Is there chalk residue on the wall? Paint won't stick to it very well. Wash it off if you can. Then, buy the best prim you can find and do a sample swatch on the wall. If it sticks and looks OK, then go ahead and do the rest of the wall.

If not, then you may have to paper over it, or... put new drywall up.

Painting over it with a suitable primer probably is your best answer.

I'd be more inclined to wallpaper than to sand, if you really think paint won't suffice.