Need help to paint my bathroom


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Old 09-16-15, 03:03 PM
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Need help to paint my bathroom

Hi everyone. Need help again. I took the wallpaper off of the walls of my bathroom. Came off easy, which was great. But I am left with some pretty uneven walls. Half of the wall surface is smooth, except for the occasional ding, which I can repair before painting. The other half almost looks textured. Considering the other half is smooth, I know it should not be this way. Outside of using spackle compound on the "textured" surface, is there anything else I can apply to the wall to make it smooth? I was thinking of Zinsser Gardz, but I'm not sure this is the right product. I need the walls to be smooth and uniform since they will be painted. Here are some pictures.

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Thank you for your help. I really appreciate it!

MommaK
 
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Old 09-16-15, 03:54 PM
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Marksr is our paint expert. See what he has to say. However, have you tried sanding a section of the rough wall? If so does it sand smooth?
 
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The best and probably easiest way is to skim the wall smooth with compound and sand uniform. Make sure the wall is cleaned well (with TSP) before applying the compound.

You could try sanding the rough areas smooth, but if there is paint on it already, it will be near impossible to get a good result.
 
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Thank you for such fast replies! Yes, I have sanded my heart out, and all the pictures were taken after sanding. I was afraid you were going to say to skim it...as my kid would say...poop. Thanks again, I appreciate all the advice I receive on here.
 
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Tried the Gard (had some in the house). No good. Looks like I will be skimming....
 
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Old 09-17-15, 03:26 AM
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Gardz is a primer that will counteract any wallpaper adhesive so the paint will adhere well. As you've found out it does nothing to change the texture of the wall. You might try scrubbing with a wet rag/sponge and see if that removes any more adhesive, if that doesn't work - skim coating is the only option ..... and that isn't a big deal, just spread on the joint compound and then take your knife and remove most of it. You just want to fill in the unwanted texture.
 
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I think you're going to grab the right product but just to clarify based on your word choice, you skim coat with joint compound while spackle is just for filling small holes.
 
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Just realized my post could have been misleading scrubbing the wall will have no effect if/where Gardz was applied - scrubbing only has a chance of working where the adhesive hasn't been sealed.
 
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Thank you marksr and stickshift. You are right marksr, it's not a big deal to skim, was just hoping I didn't have to! And thank you for the clarification stickshift. You are right, I will be skimming with compound, and using space for the little dings and gouges.
 
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As long as you're buying/using joint compound, there's no reason for you to use spackle at all - joint compound can fill the little dings and gouges just fine. The difference is that if you're only filling a few little holes, buying a 4 1/2 gallon tub of mud doesn't make sense.
 
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Old 09-17-15, 09:28 AM
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Spackling normally doesn't shrink any as it dries while j/c can shrink a little but it is limited to minor repairs. I always use j/c, mainly because I always have some on hand and can't see buying spackling when I have j/c.
 
 

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