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Proper Wall Prep after removing wallpaper


Old 05-29-07, 11:53 AM
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Proper Wall Prep after removing wallpaper


We have spent the past weekend removing wallpaper with a combination of DIF and steamers. The majority is now off.

In some areas we have removed several layers of the underlying paint. In other places we have actually scraped into the drywall paper with our wall scrapers.

What is the proper way to prep these walls for painting? The previous owners were smokers so anything that could help with that would be appreciated.

My thoughts were to

1) remove remaing glue / wash walls
2) sand the walls to get things smooth
3) apply joint compound over the damaged areas
4) sand again
5) prime (Kilz?)
6) paint

Is this the right way to do things? Do we need a sealer like Gardz before we compound?

Old 05-29-07, 01:53 PM
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Use a solvent based primer over any exposed gypsum areas - where the drywall paper is tore/missing before using the j/c. A latex primer is fine after the repairs are finished, unless there is a lot of nicotine on the walls - then I might start by coating the entire wall first with a solvent based primer.

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