Primer peeling over drywall compound!

Old 02-28-09, 10:56 AM
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We did an application of panda paw and then went over that with a coat of drywall compound. Last night we did two coats of primer over the walls, and today the paint is peeling right off!

Any advice would be much appreciated. A friend suggested we paint over it again with primer, and that would help with the cracking. Is this sound advice, or should we peel the paint and scrub the walls and start over?

Old 02-28-09, 12:54 PM
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I'm not exactly sure of what Panda Paw is but I would peel the paint wash the walls and prime again. Make sure you use an oil based primer because the latex primers might not adhere too well to the old residues that are on the wall and the paint will start to peel again.The oil based primers do have a strong odor to them but they do work better ( in my opinion).
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Thank you for your reply!
Panda paw is just a wall texture... like popcorn, or stucco.

This wall used to have mirrors attached to it. We removed the mirrors and found the Panda Paw texture underneath, but it also had gobs of mastic in areas that were adhering the mirrors to the wall. We removed the mastic gobs and then patched over them with the Panda Paw texture. Then he rolled drywall compound over the whole wall, we painted the primer over that and the primer started peeling the next day.

We've heard one of two theories from friends but still aren't sure what the answer is and how to proceed:
1. The primer will not stick to the dry wall compound. Which is sort of a dusty layer...

2. There is some sort of adhesive layer still left over from applying the mirrors. We did scrape all the mastic, but is it possible for some invisible layer to still be there?

We are using Zinzar Primer. Which I thought was a decent brand. Can you recommend anything better?

The paint is peeling easily in some areas and not peeling in others!

We used
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Zinnser makes many fine primers - which one are you using?

The joint compound should not be dusty! That is why the primer peeled.

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