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Remodeling gone wrong

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Q: The weekend warriors who owned my house before me did some really stupid things, such as installing a fake-wood floor over linoleum, which prevented one door from closing in the winter. But what I'm concerned with now is paint. Apparently, from the look of spatters on pipes under sinks, they taped everything to a fare-thee-well and then went around with a spray gun, using the same awful, dead white paint on every surface -- wood, walls, even cabinets. If I set something down on a wood surface, pieces of paint come back up when I lift it. Is there a way to tell whether they just used awful paint or if it's an incompatibility, such as having used acrylic over old oil base? If I'm not sure what's under this top layer, what is the best thing to use to get the old paint layers off? If this is the kind of thing stagers encourage, they ought to be put out of business. A: We share your angst, but we're less inclined to blame it on stagers trying to put on a cheap new face on a hous...