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Old 01-11-09, 10:54 AM
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wallpaper removal

After trying unsuccessfully to removal vinyl wallpaper (put on over semi gloss paint & sizing on wallboard) from my hallway using all the suggestions I found & only loosening a few seams, my husband came up with the idea to use a heat gun to slightly heat the vinyl so it would separate from the backing, which seemed to work well. Unfortunately, the heat must have caused a chemical reaction because when I put on a solution to remove the backing some of the paint softened. I've tried several solutions including just warm water, and all soften some of the paint.

It's apparent I can't do anything to these walls until I get all the paint off, but the only way I have been able to do that without damaging the wallboard is the carefully scrape the dry wall down to the wallboard. Is there anything I can use to get the paint off the walls other than this?
 
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Old 01-11-09, 01:49 PM
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Will the paint harden back up if you leave it alone for a day? if so you can then sand and/or use joint compound to repair the wall.
 
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Old 01-14-09, 02:18 PM
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Thanks. Do I need to prime over the semi gloss paint or put anything over the gouges in the drywall before I put on the joint compound?
 
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Old 01-14-09, 04:27 PM
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Joint compound should adhere fine to the semi-gloss paint - especially if you scuff sand it first. The only priming you may need to do before applying the j/c is if the paper face on the drywall is missing - those areas should be primed first with either zinnser's gardz or a solvent based primer.
 
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Old 01-15-09, 10:10 AM
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Appreciate your help and the information!
 
 

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