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Old 10-10-2016, 09:58 PM   #1
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I pulled my bathroom vanity in my 1946 home to find this peach colored stuff in the wall. I think they used it to patch up where they cut into the wall. However it is falling apart in areas and I plan to mud the room. I'm thinking I might need to remove it before I proceed. The original walls should be plaster. The white above is where I primed the walls after pulling wallpaper. Thanks.
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Old 10-10-2016, 10:28 PM   #2
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Could be some patching material from the 40's or adhesive used to help attach the vanity to the wall.

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Looks like Bondo lol
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Well the vanity didn't seem attached to it. I figure all I can do to fix the horrible walls in here is do a very heavy wall troweled texture like the Santa fe. Perhaps i should just go ahead and go over all of this... if I wasn't in the middle of a kitchen remodel is put up new drywall.
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Old 10-11-2016, 01:17 AM   #5
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No way should you be using any form of texture in a bathroom or kitchen or bathroom for a whole list of reasons.
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So what should I do? My family is having a very hard time with all of the demolition. I have to do something quick and easy and fairly inexpensive. All of our money is in the kitchen remodel. The bathroom walls look incredibly uneven after the wallpaper was removed from the walls and ceiling. I seriously doubt my ability to do a smooth texture over these walls...
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If it is bondo (2 part epoxy used to fill holes), you should be able to sand it smooth with a random orbit sander. Once smooth a coat or 2 of setting type joint compound sanded and painted should get you back in business. I use setting type because i can put 2 or even 3 coats on in a day using 20 minute quickset.

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So what should I do? My family is having a very hard time with all of the demolition. I have to do something quick and easy and fairly inexpensive. All of our money is in the kitchen remodel. The bathroom walls look incredibly uneven after the wallpaper was removed from the walls and ceiling. I seriously doubt my ability to do a smooth texture over these walls...
You could first do a coat of mud over the that bad area behind the vanity.
Then give the old skim coating with the paint roller trick a go...

Here's a video I put together:

Part 2 Doing the second round of skim coating:
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I sure as heck would not sand it unless I knew exactly what it was.
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Thanks everyone. J had watches your videos on the skim coating Sir Mixalot. I just wasn't sure it would work on a wall with so much damage. I have large areas that are like hills and then areas that are sunken. nothing uniform like a texture to smooth over. I'll give the roller method a go though. Thanks.
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Quick question. In the video it looked like you were using 14" scraper vs a trowel. Can you tell me what I should get?
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Or was it a taping knife? I have a 10" taping knife. Is that big enough?
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Or was it a taping knife? I have a 10" taping knife. Is that big enough?
Yes I'm using a 14"drywall taping knife in the video. A 10" taping knife will work if that's what you have or what you're most comfortable with. But I a like using a bigger knife for skim coating.
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You letting the hair grow out man?

Did you catch much of Mathew?
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You letting the hair grow out man?

Did you catch much of Mathew?
Haha. No that's my helper rolling on the joint compound and I'm the tall goofy one smoothing out the skim coat.

As far as hurricane Matthew?
The storm was predicted to give us a direct hit. Which would have been catastrophic. Luckily it stayed 20 miles off of our coast which saved us. I feel very lucky to have dodged that bullet!

Only damage is trees and fences down. AC unit destroyed.

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