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Repairing textured wall after glue removal


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05-23-09, 05:38 AM   #1  
Repairing textured wall after glue removal

I am removing a 5' x 5' area of cork board which was glued to a textured wall probably 20 years ago. Unfortunately, I've used a scraper for most of the job and the wall paint is coming off with the cork. The glue is coming off with vinegar and water and a good scrub so I don't think there will be any glue residue, but I am left with a textured wall that's pockmarked with small areas where the paint peeled off. Most areas are small and still have some texture to them.

I would appreciate a suggestion as to how to patch the very thin spots - should I sand the entire area and re-texturize? (I'm concerned that if I do this, I'll need to sand and texture the entire wall for consistency.) Or do you think I could simply fill in the small spaces with texture, and if I do, is there a texture that's very light and would go on thin since the "pockmarks" are very thin, almost look like the paint just peeled off?

Thanks for your help!

 
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05-23-09, 06:25 AM   #2  
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What type of texture is on the walls?

Could you post a pic or 2 using a free site like Image hosting, free photo sharing & video sharing at Photobucket ?

It's hard to say without more info what it would take to fix the wall. It may be as simple as dabbing a little texture on the affected spots or it might mean skim coating the 5x5 area and retexturing the whole section.


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05-24-09, 06:53 AM   #3  
Thanks for responding! Unfortunately, I can't post images at the moment but might be able to later today. I think I might be able to get away with just priming the wall but I'm not so sure because some of the pock mocks seem a bit deep, though for the most part, the marks look like areas where paint chipped off but there is still some texture to it (it's not totally smooth). I don't know the type of texture but from what I've seen online, it's not orange peel or knockout - probably it's a hand texture because you can see the brush swirls. It was done in the 80's when the house was built, if that helps.

Can you tell me a bit about skim coating?

 
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05-24-09, 11:24 AM   #4  
Skim coating is the process of applying a thin coat of joint compound to the entire wall/area. Rarely does a coat or 2 of paint make chipped or recessed areas disappear. These areas usually need j/c or spackling to fill the depression and then often a little texture so the slick repair isn't noticable.

I've never really done any swirl texturing but basically you thin joint compound to about thick paint consisentcy and apply it with a stiff brush. It might be possible to drag a brush over the wet mud and give it a texture as you patch.


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05-31-09, 04:54 AM   #5  
I decided to simply prime the area and paint over it to see how it did, figuring I could always go back and skim/re-texture if needed. But it looks okay - a few rough spots but generally not anything others would notice unless staring at it. I will just have to find a nice large picture to hang over it :-) Thanks again for your help, MarkSR!

 
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