removing wallpaper to paint the walls


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Old 06-30-00, 09:15 PM
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We started to take wallpaper off the kitchen wall so we can paint instead. We found out that the paper was the only thing on the wall after the sheetrock went up. We used the paper tiger and we are still getting a very rough feel to the wall, with the facing of the sheetrock peeling off. We have peeled the paper off but the backing is still on the wall. Are we best to paint over the backing or should we still take the backing off? If so, how do we get the wall smooth for painting? Spackling would probably require the entire wall. The taping over the seams is also visible. Would a few coats of primer smooth it out?
 
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Old 07-01-00, 09:38 PM
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The best thing is to remove the paper and the backing to prep for paint.Have you tried a commercial wallpaper remover? DIF will work were others fail.After repeated soakings with out a primed wall I'm sure the drywall is not fairing very well.There does come a point when it is best to oil prime the backing and do repairs as needed rather than destroy drywall at great expense in time or money to smooth.Even if you persist and remove backing the walls will need oil primer before patching and painting.A "few coats of primer" will not offer much help with smoothness.
 
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Old 07-02-00, 07:59 PM
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The backing must come off. I suggest using a wallpaper remover to reomve the backing or you can make up a solution of 50% water and 50% vinegar. Spray it on and let it work for 5-10 minutes. The backing should come off then. As far as damage to sheetrock is concerned, it should be repaired with sheetrock mud and then sanded smooth. It may be necessary to skim coat the entire wall - Its not as big a job as it sounds like . After smoothing the wall, prime with a good quality primer like Ben. Moore's Fresh Start. Two coats of a top quality paint should produce a good job.
quote:<HR>Originally posted by kotwas:
We started to take wallpaper off the kitchen wall so we can paint instead. We found out that the paper was the only thing on the wall after the sheetrock went up. We used the paper tiger and we are still getting a very rough feel to the wall, with the facing of the sheetrock peeling off. We have peeled the paper off but the backing is still on the wall. Are we best to paint over the backing or should we still take the backing off? If so, how do we get the wall smooth for painting? Spackling would probably require the entire wall. The taping over the seams is also visible. Would a few coats of primer smooth it out?<HR>


 
 

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