Dealing with multiple wall issues

Old 02-13-14, 06:04 PM
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Dealing with multiple wall issues

My wife and I bought our first home a year ago and I was able to deal with face-lifting the first floor without any major hitches. We are now on to the second floor and one of the bedrooms was clearly painted by a middle school girl with little to no parent supervision. The walls are painted, but with drip lines and pock marks all over the place. To make matters worse, it is painted over wallpaper which is directly adhered to the drywall. The walls are filled with wallpaper seams and a multitude of imperfections, so painting over the poor paint job seems like a bad choice. But with the wallpaper glued directly to the drywall, removing the paper seems like a bad choice. Which bad choice should I deal with and how?


Old 02-13-14, 07:02 PM
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Welcome to the forums! Choices. You could skim the walls with mud, but it can be time consuming and messy. You could overlay the walls with 1/4" sheetrock and finish. Door and window openings must be dealt with, trim wise.
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Don't know your skill level but I would prime the walls with alkyd primer, skim coat with joint compound and prime. That way you can preserve the relationship of the trim to the walls by having a minimal buildup of material. After the initial priming examine for loose/bubbled paper and remove and prime those spots before skim coat.
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..... scrape off what you can of the drips/runs before you prime. The oil base primer will prevent future moisture [including latex paint] from trying to dissolve the wallpaper adhesive - helps to insure the wallpaper will stay stuck to the wall. The primer over the new j/c can be latex or oil.

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