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Removing vinyl spackle skim coat from plaster

Old 11-06-14, 06:42 PM
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Removing vinyl spackle skim coat from plaster

I successfully removed the wallpaper from the plaster walls in the bathroom. I was able to remove the paste on the upper portion of the walls, but from the floor up to about 4 feet up there is another 1/4 inch of substance on the walls. It isn't joint compound, as I took the wallpaper steamer to it for a long time with no effect. It won't release the wallpaper paste. I can scrub it off, at about a 4 inch square section half an hour. There is plaster under this substance, but I need to remove it. Any suggestions? I have tried vinegar, dish soap, Brenner's soap, hot water and scraping with a putty knife that had limited success. Any ideas?

There is an indentation line in the plaster at the top of this section, so I don't know if they had wainscoting up before and this may have been leftover from that, but it isn't a drywall patch, there is plaster below the line. The house is from the 50's and the wallpaper is from the 80's is my best guess.
Old 11-06-14, 08:57 PM
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My guess would be Durabond or something similar. I would score a line at the top of the "substance" & chop it out, to the studs. Patch it with drywall.
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I agree it sounds like a setting compound as they are not water soluble. I'm not sure I understand the issue can't you sand it down or skim coat the bottom portion to get them to match?

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