Strange markings on the drywall.

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Old 09-15-15, 07:48 AM
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Strange markings on the drywall.

I am sure it isn't "booger" as most people pointed it out, but it looks like a mold to me. The apartment complex I am in is very old, although they have re innovated mostly inside the apartment (not all apartment complex tho) - interior - and I just need to confirm what is that foreign substance on the wall.

For the love of God, I can't get it off. Looks like it needs to be repainted?

 
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It's pretty hard to tell from the picture what it is.
Is it all over the apartment ?
Is it near a wet area like the bathroom ?
High on the wall or all over ?

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It's in the living room. The mold markings on the wall isn't that big, it's small hence the reason why I need to take preventive measure before it gets worse.

It's not all over the wall, it's on one location.
 
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Near as I can guess from the pictures, it looks like spots where the paint has been worn or rubbed off.

Are you the owner or a tenant?
 
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I am a tenant. I already informed my landlord about this.
 
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If it's mold, it will continue to grow if the moisture is still there. To me it looks like where a chair or other objects have bumped into the wall marring it. I have similar marks on the wall behind my desk chair Unless there is evidence of moisture I'd just touch up the paint [or repaint the wall]
 
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I'd talk to the landlord and see if he has the paint - I know I would if you were one of our tenants - as that will make matching a whole lot easier for you. I would use an oil based sealing primer and then a coat of paint and keep an eye on it.
 
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If they are scuff marks, 1-2 coats of paint will cover it without needing a primer ..... I'm betting it's scuff marks Depending on how old the paint job is, the touch up may or may not show but generally if it shows you can get by with just rolling the wall, maybe cutting in the bottom portion. Using the correct paint makes it easier on both you and the landlord!
 
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You can make an argument that my parents should have made my middle name Paranoia. Mark's solution is probably going to work but I'm paranoid and thus the sealing primer (oil based over latex, no less)
 
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An oil primer won't hurt but it's more work and while I've never been scared of more work, there always seems to be too much to do to take time for unnecessary work


stick paranoia shift - has a certain ring to it
 
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