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Old 08-06-2012, 03:01 PM   #1
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how to restore a plaster wall after wainscot removal?


I removed some fugly wainscotting that was glued to this plaster wall and it looks like a mess now.

Any idea how i should go about restoration to make it look plain and smooth without all the way abating and replacing the plaster?

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Old 08-06-2012, 04:18 PM   #2
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Wow! You need to scrape off all the glue etc with a sharp tool, wall paper scraper, sharp chisel, whatever, sand it somewhat smooth, apply Gardz primer, skim coat with joint compound, let dry, sand, re apply JC, sand, clean, re apply Gardz, paint. Sounds like a lot but it will go pretty quick if you have done any skim coating before, if not, good luck.

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Wow! You need to scrape off all the glue etc with a sharp tool, wall paper scraper, sharp chisel, whatever, sand it somewhat smooth, apply Gardz primer, skim coat with joint compound, let dry, sand, re apply JC, sand, clean, re apply Gardz, paint. Sounds like a lot but it will go pretty quick if you have done any skim coating before, if not, good luck.
Like Chris says it will be a bit of work but is doable.

There is no easy way to get the adhesive residue off.

Make sure you have or get a nice wide drywall knife for skim coating.

I like using repair plaster on plaster but compound would work---especially if you use dry mix/hot mud. Plaster and lightweight compound in particular can expand and shrink at different rates but your repairs are not too deep to worry too much. Drywall compound is easier to sand.

Gardz is definitely in your future.
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How about if I just scrape what can be scraped and then simply apply Peel Away 1 -- I used it a couple of years ago to remove some stubborn paint off my basement walls before I exposed them. See the picture -- the circle was the test area before I did the rest of the wall, IOW the clean circle used to be as painted as what's painted around it. Do you think it is applicable here as well?
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The sheetrock is not as solid a surface as that brick, and you don't really want to strip the paint off- just get it smooth. And even if you did use peal away it would still be a rough surface that would need a skim.
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The sheetrock is not as solid a surface as that brick
it is not sheetrock -- it is an inch thick plaster over brick. the house is 100+ yrs old
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Peel away will not remove the glue. Paint is the least of the problem.

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