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Old 10-30-2011, 05:05 PM   #1
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Can I paint the back of drywall it was installed that way. I found this when taking off the wallpaper.

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Old 10-30-2011, 09:30 PM   #2
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the drywall was installed the wrong way? You can paint it but the texture will look off...probably best to reinstall or cover with drywall is my suggestion

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I have a chair rail 33 inch high, below is the problem area. I thought of that too but since drywall is 1/2 inch thick it would not work. I guess I would have to take it out and place new drywall, oh what a bummer.

Home Depot paint guy said use a drywall primer.
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Wow. An HD person actually offered halfway decent advice.

Use a thick nap roller and a paint store, not HD, high bond primer though. It will look fine.

Just curious. How did noone notice they were hanging drywall the wrong side facing forward?
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I was removing wallpaper below the chair rail. I used the steam method first and everything came off incl. paint which left a white powder behind. Than I tried wetting with the same results. I thought it looked wrong so I went to HD and sure enough, the cardboard side is the back and that is what I am looking at now.
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So prime it as suggested. Two coats of finish paint and few but us on this site will ever know. The idiot drywallers did not tape it from the other side of the studs right? You do have nice taped and mudded seams? You are in big trouble if they climbed inside your 4" walls and finished the proper side screwed to the studs.

By the way, and I should have thought of this. You mentioned removing wallpaper and chair rail. Very early wallboards did have the company name and all that crap on the front side of the material. Is your home vintage? If it is post 1920 or so? Or new construction. God help us all for hanging the board backside facing out.

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Are you keeping the chair rail? If so, the break in the plane of the wall is going to mask a lot of the difference between the finish above and below. Not saying its right, just an observation. Another option, before you rip down and replace drywall (again, below the chair rail,) would be to install bead board/ wainscoting. You can find the stuff almost anywhere, and I think 3/8ths would work for your needs.

Good luck, and post some pictures if you can.
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Thank you both. The house was build in 1986 so this should not have been done this way, drywall then was the same as now white on the side facing the room. I guess the workmen just slammed the stuff in and the homeowner then did not check up as the building was going on or did not know it was wrong. I am keeping the chair rail had purchased two different shades of lavender prior to starting the wallpaper removal. Darker under the rail, rail snow white. I am still going strong but getting very tired of this removal. Pulled off wallpaper in the bathroom today and it came off without a hitch just need to prime before painting. By now you can tell I am doing several rooms, lucky me!! It will be worth it. I am not a professional but think sometimes I do a better job since my time is not $$$ like a contractor/painter. I will do it right the first time so there is no cont. fixing. Thanks again !!!
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Can I paint the back of drywall it was installed that way. I found this when taking off the wallpaper.
Are you sure it's the 'back' - brand skins have changed over time. . . certain older drywall sheeting had a brown paper - but it's not the 'back' of it. . . but would be treated like any other wall-surface: prime first.
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Are you sure it's the 'back' - brand skins have changed over time. . . certain older drywall sheeting had a brown paper - but it's not the 'back' of it. . . but would be treated like any other wall-surface: prime first.
Can't believe anyone in their right mind would install drywall wrong side out. What a nightmare it would have been to finish the joints. I'm guessing you pulled the paper facing off the FRONT of the drywall exposing the brown paper that holds the gypsum in place. This may be an instance where priming and skimming the walls comes into play.
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I think I might would test a small area of the "brown paper" with water and a scraper. That steamer may have done more than you wanted it to.
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My drywall is getting new life tomorrow, skimcoat by a contractor with texture to near match? of the wall above the chair rail.

I just took the wallpaper in the bath off, came off just pulling but now I have some areas with glue residue. I guess I have to get the remover from HD. Tried washing off, I will be there forever. No wallpaper ever again I tell ya!!!
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My drywall is getting new life tomorrow, skimcoat by a contractor with texture to near match? of the wall above the chair rail.

I just took the wallpaper in the bath off, came off just pulling but now I have some areas with glue residue. I guess I have to get the remover from HD. Tried washing off, I will be there forever. No wallpaper ever again I tell ya!!!

Now that's just wrong
It is just this attitude that I am not hanging any wall paper.

If the paper had been installed properly, with the proper PASTE, it would not be a problem removing. You are only having problems because a lazy, stupid, worthless, good for nothing" installer " did a crappy job.

PS Be SURE you either, get all the adhesive off the walls and or use an oil primer of better yet Gardz before painting. The Gardz should be applied before and after the skim coating also.
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I installed the wallpaper in the bathroom which is coming off without problems. I knew what I was doing when I hung it! All the glue is off the bedroom wall so skim coat should stick great.
The bathroom wall will get primed with Kilz 2 times before any paint ever touches it. I did this in another room in the past and it worked great since I could not get all the glue residual off. The wall was nice and smooth to paint after Kilz.

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