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Old 02-22-2011, 05:21 PM   #1
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Hi, I took down some paneling that had been on the walls for almost 40 yrs.

Had to scrape off the glue as best as I could, however some glue stains are still present. I won't be able to remove them unless I tear off the paper on the drywall.

I've never finished drywall before and was hoping someone could take a look at the pics I linked to and tell me if it's possible for it to come out looking good with some work, or am I still going to have problems no matter how much time I put into it.

Will the glue stains show through the coats of primer and paint (white)?

I took a bunch of pics that show the condition of the drywall.

Thanks for any help

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Old 02-22-2011, 05:27 PM   #2
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For what it's worth - I'd save some time and frustration by buying some cheap thin 1/4" drywall and hanging it right on top of what is there. Then you'll have a fresh surface to finish. Since you've never finished drywall before, I wouldn't make it any harder on yourself by trying to get smooth walls out of the poor material you are starting with. Of course, you could always just tear-down the drywall and put up new from the start too.

Finishing what is there will likely require you to skim coat the whole wall - which, as a rookie, will take more time and patience [than I have] to get looking perfect than putting up some new stuff.

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Old 02-22-2011, 05:27 PM   #3
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I guess you could....for me its easier to tear out and replace.
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I'll take a guess here and say that your 'drywall' probably feels soft and a little 'spongy' on the surface compared to new drywall down at Home Depot. Right?

No problem. It will still finish out just fine. Although you might find skim coating the whole mess will give you a better finished surface than trying to paint the existing surface.
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BTW, "skim coating" is fairly easily accomplished by using a paint roller to apply really thinned drywall mud, then "criss-cross" smoothing with a drywall knife as it begins to set up and harden slightly. (Work small areas so it doesn't get away from your ability to keep up with the drying.)

Not too difficult, but it DOES take a certain knack that you should quickly pick up with a little practice.

The big trouble for you in hanging another 1/4" on top of what you have is that you may run into fiting and matching problems around doors and possibly windows.
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Old 03-05-2011, 04:42 PM   #6
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I'd go with the 1/4" to get the walls back to the same thickness for your window/door trim. You could tear it out and hang new 1/2". It would give you the opportunity to add any wiring, plumbing, low voltage, etc. you might want....
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The type of insulation it has, if any, would have a bearing on what Idecided to do with that.

If someone has not blown loose insulation in the walls, and it has no insulation, might be a good time to add insulation if you decided to tear it our.

Ditto on the fitting of the windows and door jams when adding 1/4".

Would be a good time to update wiring too if needed, if the budget allows it.

I guess you might could try sanding the glue off then skimming over.

Btw, is me or does the rock look like it needs a few more screws in it.

Imo, it is hard to say with out actually being there.
The reason I say that is I noticed a joint at the clrner of a door opening. I try to avoid that. That and, what looks to me, is a lack of fasteners and no mud on the seams, tells me the plan was to cover the dw from the get go. They may not have gone to a lot of trouble hanging the dw, since it was to be covered anyway.

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With all the screw heads accesible, I would personally tear it out and start fresh.
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Welcome Parrot, to the best DIY'r site on the web.

I have to go with the fact that there is access to the screw heads, I would remove entirely and put up some fresh 1/2 inch drywall.

I believe that this would yeild the best results.

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Take the replace advice. You will be much happier in the end and can fix anything needed when exposed

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