Wall prep after wallpaper removal


Old 02-21-05, 02:12 PM
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Wall prep after wallpaper removal

I am sure this is a question that has been asked and aswered in the past, but I am just needing what I assume will be a quick suggestion. I have removed all the wallpaper from my ktichen and want to paint. Unfortunately the walls are anything but perfect. Since I want to use a satin finish paint, what can I do to smooth out the walls so the imperfections won't show? Basically, there are small patches where the top coat of paint has chipped down to the next color and painting over it will look uneven. Any easy solutions? HA!
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Old 02-21-05, 02:40 PM
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You can fill these spots with either joint compound or spackling, smooth it out as best you can with your drywall knife, let dry, then sand smooth. You should also prep the wall with a good primer before going over it with that satin paint. I wouldn't use a satin finish on anything but new primered drywall. the surface has to be flat and really smooth for a satin finish paint to look good, otherwise every defect in the drywall finishing will stand out proud.
Old 02-21-05, 05:41 PM
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I would also use drywall compound on the walls. However, seeing that it's a kitchen with cabinets, windows, etc., I'm assuming there's not all that much actual wall space. If so, I'd probably take the time and veneer 'all' exposed walls. Lay it on, sand. Lay it on, sand. When you get a nice flat and smooth finish... then prime and paint.


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