Wall Repair After Wallpaper Removal


Old 01-31-16, 10:29 AM
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Wall Repair After Wallpaper Removal


We've been in our house a couple years and recently removed wallpaper in one of the hallways that was only across the middle of the wall.

We tried to patch and sand but, while it feels smooth, it clearly is not, and it doesn't look right after painting. In one area, you can clearly tell where the strip of wallpaper stopped and the rest of the wall started, which has been very tough to sand over. Trying to upload a pic here but having difficulty. Will try again.

Any suggestions on what we can do? Just more sanding? Would paintable lining paper be a feasible option?
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Old 01-31-16, 11:35 AM
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How did you patch the walls and more importantly how did you sand them? The smoother and more level the j/c is applied the less sanding is needed. Holding folded sandpaper rarely works well, you need to use a sanding pole or block that will hold the sandpaper flat.

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And, as you may have already deduced, paint tends to make imperfections in the wall surface more noticeable, not less so.
Old 01-31-16, 02:33 PM
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To add to stickshift's comment, a flat paint will hide minor imperfections that a paint with any kind of sheen will enhance.

Hold a flashlight or other light source tight to the wall so that the light casts a shadow across the repair. It will tell you where the areas in need of additional work are and if the error was in the wall or your finishing.

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