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Old 08-23-2007, 04:54 PM   #1
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So I'm getting my house ready to sell and I realized that I had to take the
paneling down in the master berdroom because people seem to hate paneling these days. took it down and I am left with a NIGHTMARE!!! 2 of the walls have about 4 layers of wallpaper and paint and when I tried to scrape it, I realized that the drywall underneath all those layers was never primered-so it just tore the paper right off the drywall and left holes. the other walls were also not primered. the wallpaper on these walls just came off in full sheets leaving on the fuzzy backing which is impossible to remove because those walls were never primered. tried the DIY stuff and It did not help. any advice? this room is Huge 27- feet long, nothing but walls!!! i would hate to put sheet rock over it because it would be too much work and I think it would make the room even hotter than it has been-even in the winter months with the vent blocked. I am lost and need some ideas. anybody please.

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Sounds like you need the walls skim coated, but it's just a guess. If you don't know a skim coat is a thin, smooth, layer of drywall mud. It might be worth calling in a professional for an opinion at least.

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This one's easy
Well, easy to answer anyway

Remove any loose hanging wallpaper
Prime the room with Zinsser's Gardz
It was invented for this type of project
It will sink into any loose stuff, and the fuzzy paper left over, and turn it hard
Hard enough to scrape off any lumpy chunks left over, cut off any floppy paper w/o ripping more off the walls, and allow you to skim coat w/o the whole she-bang falling down

After the Gardz goes up, scrape or sand if/where needed
Then apply joint compound (skim coat) with a large "taping" or joint compound knives to smooth out the transitions, bumps, holes, cover the fuzzyness, etc....
It may take a few coats and some sanding

If you get a smooth wall, dust it well, and prime (regular primer is fine, but Gardz will work too if you have any leftover)

Then you can paint
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DON"T start removing any of it unless you want to take on a big time consuming project.

Some wallpaper is very hard to remove + you're under the mercy to the drywall holding up well after the removal..

It will be a wet gooey mess trying to take it off and there is a strong possibility that in order to get off all the wallpaper you have to scrape hard and gouge the dry wall even w/ the proper chemicals to lossen it.

whatever the case maybe you'll be doing a lot of sanding..and even after that you'll be doing some mudd and likely drywall repair ..not to mention you'll prolly have exposed nails pushed through the drywall from when the temperature change when nailed in the studs..

Even if you skim it, it might not look good..depending on overall condition of the drywall

tough call on what to do....It depends on how bad things are...Just pray it comes off easily..even if it costs money to rent a heat steamer it might be worth it to save both time and more $$$ later on

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This one's easy
Well, easy to answer anyway

Remove any loose hanging wallpaper
Prime the room with Zinsser's Gardz
It was invented for this type of project
It will sink into any loose stuff, and the fuzzy paper left over, and turn it hard
Hard enough to scrape off any lumpy chunks left over, cut off any floppy paper w/o ripping more off the walls, and allow you to skim coat w/o the whole she-bang falling down

After the Gardz goes up, scrape or sand if/where needed
Then apply joint compound (skim coat) with a large "taping" or joint compound knives to smooth out the transitions, bumps, holes, cover the fuzzyness, etc....
It may take a few coats and some sanding

If you get a smooth wall, dust it well, and prime (regular primer is fine, but Gardz will work too if you have any leftover)

Then you can paint
I am second in favor of the above other than redrywalling..
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Drywall. Fast and easy. Looks like a new room. Prime and paint a neutral beige.

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