Old 08-27-01, 01:35 AM
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I recently purchased a co-op that needs to be painted. While patching old nail holes, i came across a crack in the paint on one of the walls. It was a bubble and I used a scraper and started scraping away the paint. To my surprise, the paint came right off. My problem now is that i scraped off all that would come off, about a 5 foot high and 1 foot wide patch. There were so many coats of paint from previous owners that now the wall is uneven. My question now is this: do i try put a thin layer of putty and sand it down to even it or do i just sand down the old paint to make it even, or do i find a way to remove all the paint from the wall? Please help. i need to move in soon!
Old 09-09-01, 10:57 AM
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If it's an interior wall, sand down the rough paint edges that remain, and 'float' the 'low' area using a wide plaster blade, and stuff called 'topping compound', or multi-purpose joint compound.The wide blade leaves less 'trowel marks'and covers more during application.Sand smooth and repeat if needed using a smaller blade if you want. You can float over the surrounding paint, and may want to in order to feather your patch 'to nuthin'. Prime the patch, and paint.
Paint the whole wall because otherwise, more than likely
you will be able to see the new to old overlap.
good luck

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