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Old 02-21-2012, 10:15 AM   #1
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Oh boy! I'm having anxiety over a project I started yesterday and need some serious help/advice!

After peeling away stubborn pink wallpaper (which had been painted over), I was left with smooth white surface, in some areas, and brown paper in others. I assumed the brown paper was simply backing left from the wallpaper and noticed that I was easily able to "rub" this off... So I did. I then turned to trusty old Google and realized that the brown paper may have been sheetrock paper, something that I believe is supposed to remain on the wall.

I'm looking to paint the wall, so what should my next action be? Do I attempt to "repair" the wall, even though it just looks white, like the paper wasn't supposed to be there or simply prime and paint? This room isn't anywhere near moisture (i.e. - a bathroom), so is the sheetrock paper super important? Thanks for your help! I can't wait until I can sleep again at night. HA!
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Prime area where the paper was taken off with a product called GARDZ. A light sanding to smooth down any paper helps. Then, skim it smooth with drywall mud then prime entire area and then paint.
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Bigjon's got it. Gardz is the primer you want- will soak in and stabilize that mess. Then skim smooth with joint compound ( use a big blade- 12"+ 6"- do a search here on skimming for more info.
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Bigjon's got it. Gardz is the primer you want- will soak in and stabilize that mess. Then skim smooth with joint compound ( use a big blade- 12"+ 6"- do a search here on skimming for more info.
Brushjockey, I would rip it all out and put in new drywall..........ok, ok, just kidding.
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I third this process that bigjon & brushjockey mentioned.
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Brushjockey, I would rip it all out and put in new drywall..........ok, ok, just kidding.

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Brushjockey, I would rip it all out and put in new drywall..........ok, ok, just kidding.


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Are we sure she's not talking about the paper backing? HH, is this "brown paper" below the surface of the wall plane? Is it a hole or gouge? If it's the paper backing are we are advising her to lock down with Gardz, we're going to add significantly to her spackling work.
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