Do I really need to clean the glue off if I'm going to skim-coat?


Old 12-25-13, 01:34 PM
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Do I really need to clean the glue off if I'm going to skim-coat?

I'm taking on my first big DIY project in my first home. I've taken off the wall (and ceiling!) paper from my kitchen, and have found bare plaster in really great condition, with relatively few cracks. Several people have recommended that I skim-coat, as I'm planning on painting the entire room. So, my question is this: If I'm skim-coating with joint compound anyway, do I really need to clean off the little bit of wallpaper glue left behind? If I absolutely must clean this off, can I just do a light sanding to get it off, rather than scrubbing with warm water? Thanks for any advice out there!
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Old 12-25-13, 01:38 PM
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Not sure but my painter just sanded the walls before he skimcoated...I has 50 yr old walpaper on the wall... most came off with the water and scraper...

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It's always best to remove the wallpaper adhesive! If you skim coat you can probably get by with a just a good sanding prior to applying the j/c. If you paint directly over wallpaper adhesive it needs to be sealed first with either an oil base primer or Zinnser's Gardz.

I'm not sure why you'd skim coat if the plaster is in great condition

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