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19mquinn79 04-23-2011 11:21 AM

Need some help with bathroom walls
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Well, I am in the process of removing the wallpaper from my bathroom. If you look at the photos below, you will see I have not done the best job. Bottom line, the paper layer of the drywall was torn off in many places.

Here is what I am wondering:

1) Any way I can sand the walls, paint over them, and still have it look good?

2) Should I remove the paper layer entirely and paint over the brown layer?

3) How about floor-to-ceiling wainscoting -- has anyone tried that? is there bathroom-safe materials they use for it? would i have to prep the walls in a major way?

any alternative ideas are much appreciated! thanks!!

sharpsport 04-23-2011 11:58 AM

Did you prep the wallpaper for easier removal? If not go get some Diff from a home improvement store and apply liberally to your walls. Follow instructions on bottle form there. You should consider a hudson sprayer for easiest application of Diff/water solution. Completely remove wallpaper including brown layer, then use a course sponge with warm water and soap to clean walls. Spackle/mud as needed. Good luck!


novanoel 04-23-2011 01:07 PM

rip it down
My suggestion is to rip the wall down and put up new drywall. Drywall costs about 5 dollars a board.

Once the paper layer of the drywall is ripped off the drywall is no good. If you just apply a skim coat to the drywall, it will eventually get cracks and flake.

Do it right the first time.

canadaclub 04-23-2011 02:43 PM

Don't ya just HATE it when people wallpaper over un-prepped drywall...I would tend to drywall.

novanoel 04-23-2011 04:13 PM

Yeah, I agree. :laughing:

oh'mike 04-23-2011 06:30 PM

If you choose to save the damaged drywall----Prime the board with an oil based primer before adding any mud to the damaged paper. (This is to keep the damaged paper from bubbling)

Use green bucket mud(all purpose) for the first coat.(It contains glue and will stick to the old work)

Use blue bucket for the final coat (Light weight) as it is easier to sand.--Mike---

canadaclub 04-23-2011 06:50 PM

I was thinking the same thing Mike but skimming isn't always easy for DIYers.

novanoel 04-26-2011 05:14 PM

Skimming is very difficult to master if one doesn't do it often. There is definitely a learning curve.

oh'mike 04-26-2011 05:34 PM


Originally Posted by canadaclub (Post 635168)
I was thinking the same thing Mike but skimming isn't always easy for DIYers.

Not easy for the pros,either. :laughing: I usually replace the damaged goods.

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