Help with cardboard walls

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Old 03-02-07, 10:36 PM
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Help with cardboard walls

So, I officially discovered that my livingroom and bathroom walls are made of very thin, heavy duty cardboard. My house was built in the 80s.

They are covered with a very thin printed layer, similar to wallpaper, yet basically unremoveable.

Does anyone know if I can paint these walls?

I was planning to give them a sanding and then prime with a latex primer and paint with latex paint.

Do you think it will work?
 
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Old 03-03-07, 04:41 AM
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I've never seen cardboard walls, is this a mobile home?

A lot of MHs use 1/4" drywall with a printed vinyl face. It can be painted successfully after proper prep. First make sure it is clean - free of grease, soap residue, and then coat with a solvent based primer - preferably a pigmented shellac like zinnser's BIN. It can then be top coated with your choice of latex paint.

There are also printed masonite panels that are similiar to paneling - paint prep would be the same.
 
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Old 03-03-07, 05:10 AM
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So you don't think I need to sand the walls first?

And what about just using a basic Kilz latex primer?
I have that already, and if it wouldn't do harm, I'd like to use it.

Thanks.
 
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Old 03-03-07, 05:29 AM
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A light sanding wouldn't hurt but generally those types of surfaces don't sand well. I'd sand if you use the latex kilz, oil base would better [don't smell better ]
 
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