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Old 07-29-2011, 08:37 AM   #1
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I just bought a house that was built back in '73 and our needs some work. One of the things I need to do is repaint the whole place. The thing is is that it has a really rough texture of all the walls that I want to get rid of and go with a smoother finish.

What is the best way to get the smooth finish? I read up on skimming it or I can remove it. but I have noticed in a lot of areas at least a couple layers of paint and wallpaper covered with paint. Can I still skim it as an option?

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Old 07-30-2011, 03:36 PM   #2
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Sounds like you might be as well off either covering with a layer of 1/4" or demo it and start over. That will allow you access to add wiring/plumbing if desired and probably less work in the long run. Heavy texture with several coats of pain i not easily removed nor is several layer of wallpaper with paint over it.....

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Old 07-31-2011, 07:37 PM   #3
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1/4" for a skim coating? demo is out of the question. i dont need to change any wiring or plumbing so it is not really necessary for me to demo the walls.
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1/4" for a skim coating? s.

I believe he was suggesting overlaying the old drywall with 1/4" new drywall.

Skim coating a textured wall is more work and mess than overlaying and taping.
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Old 08-01-2011, 09:01 AM   #5
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Oh ok.. I didn't know they made 1/4" drywall. I will have to look I'm to that
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When you guys do overlays, how do you handle the door/window trim?

Just bend the ears on the rec's? If so, does that satisfy code, or do you need mud boxes?
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Old 08-01-2011, 06:35 PM   #7
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why rule out demo?
even to reface what is there, you still have to move furniture, hang board, tape joints, sand and paint.
if no wiring or plumbing needs to be done, demo should only take a little time. half day I would guess.
would also save you some dollars on box extenders for the outlets.
and yes, what are you going to do about window and door trim.

I'd tear it all out.
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To do it (overlay) correctly all of the window and door casings would have to be removed and extensions would have to be built for all the jamb-sides.

Electric box extenders may or may not be required, depends on local codes.

You also must address all of the ceiling junctures either way, and that could be a box of worms.

I think demo the existing and replace it with new is the lessor of the evils and a lot quicker and less costly.
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To do it (overlay) correctly all of the window and door casings would have to be removed and extensions would have to be built for all the jamb-sides.

Electric box extenders may or may not be required, depends on local codes.

You also must address all of the ceiling junctures either way, and that could be a box of worms.

I think demo the existing and replace it with new is the lessor of the evils and a lot quicker and less costly.

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