walls - to skim or to patch?


Old 06-04-17, 10:44 AM
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walls - to skim or to patch?

Hi everyone

We've a 1930s house, it's a doo-er upper.

It had some pretty horrible wallpaper, which I've removed. I'm now a bit confused, should we get someone to skim the walls - so they're ready for painting, or should we be patching up with filler and painting straight on?

I've attached some photos.

I'm just not confident I'd be able to get a nice smooth finish if I tried to patch it up, but maybe I'm overthinking it.

Grateful for your thoughts.

PS. - there's a some plasterboard (drywall) covering the old fireplace, which I managed to chip into while I was removing the wall paper.

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Old 06-05-17, 04:01 AM
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Welcome to the forums!

The first thing that needs to be done is to cut off any loose paper. Don't pull it off as that will just make those areas bigger. You then need to coat all the torn paper and exposed gypsum with either an oil base primer or Zinnser's Gardz. That will prevent the moisture in joint compound or latex primer from lifting any more paper or dissolving the gypsum. Once dry a skim coat of j/c will smooth out the wall making it ready for sanding, priming and painting.

We can walk you through it as needed if you wish to diy - it's not overly complicated.

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