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Removing drywall mud and primer from bare wood

Removing drywall mud and primer from bare wood


Old 09-16-05, 01:36 PM
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I just recently bought an older house that has real pine wood "panels" on the wall throughout the house....very beautiful! BUT, here's the problem, in the kitchen, the previous owner put some sort of primer on the bare wood and then filled in the cracks with drywall mud and tape. Then, it was wallpapered over. Well, the finished product had some bumps and grooves in it and the wallpaper is yellowing from age (I guess?)....it just looked horrible! So, I decided to start removing the wallpaper and drywall mud.....well, lets just say, "I HAVE A COMPLETE MESS!" My ultimate goal is to restore the walls back to their original appearance but, I do not even know where to start.....any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 09-17-05, 05:09 PM
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While you usually don't want to get wood wet if you intend to finish it. I think enough damage has been done that you will loose little by trying this. Use a garden sprayer or even a tillte spray bottle for experimental purposes and wet a few feet of the wall and see if the mud and tape loosen. If this works and you can live with what happens to the wood proceed.
You could then use a router and clean out the grooves. The right bit should do it with little change in the size and depth of the groove. To get the goop off the surface of the walls see what happens fter wetting and scraping then sand, sand, sand and refinish.
Let us know what you do and how it works.

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