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bad vinyl patches by previous owner - how to smooth?

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05-17-09, 06:31 AM   #1  
bad vinyl patches by previous owner - how to smooth?

The 2 walls on either side of the fireplace have bad thick vinyl spackle patches. The patches are 4"x4" approx, and irregular shapes.

I can tell they tried to quickly spackle over some drywall anchors from prior shelving.

There must have been 3 or 4 shelves on each wall, because both sides of the walls have these giant ugly patches that the prior owners never sanded smooth.

So I have to fix both sides, top to bottom, floor to ceiling (8ft height).

needless to say, it looks awful.

My question is: should i sand them down which will leave a deeper defect b/c the stuff comes off like a thick skin?

Or, should i try to skim coat over them, floor to ceiling, without sanding over them?

In other words, do I just build it up? or do i 'break' it down before i build it up?

thanks in advance.

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05-17-09, 07:14 AM   #2  
It's sounds pretty bad. I wouldn't try to sand it. There is a third choice. Cut out the bad sections & install new sheetrock.

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05-17-09, 11:46 AM   #3  
If there are any high spots, they should be knocked down. IMO it's easier to scrape them than to sand. You will then need to skim coat the area until smooth.

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