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Old 04-12-2008, 01:53 PM   #1
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Iím prepping a room to paint and wanted to check a few things before I start. Iíve just stripped wallpaper off all the walls (which really wouldnít have been so bad except that the wallpaper had been painted over). The walls are plaster and have few cracks, but overall the plaster conditions is really rather good, minimal cracking and smooth/flat. They are, however, rather abused/dented (former childrenís room) with lots of picture holes to patch. I still need to go back and wash some more of the wallpaper glue off the walls, but I should complete that today. Anyway, my questions:

1) From reading other posts on the subject of painting after wallpaper removal, Iíve seen Zinsserís Gardz recommended as a primer. But those posts mostly dealt with drywall, and I just wanted to make sure that having plaster walls didnít change anything.

2) Do I understand correctly that I should prime first, then patch/repair the walls, then spot prime and paint?

3) You may not be able to answer this, but Iíll try anyway. The ceiling was wallpapered and painted over too. You can see the seams if you look closely, but they arenít obvious. Otherwise the ceiling is in good shape, and I wasnít planning on repainting it. Iím a little worried though, in that in stripping the wallpaper off the wall, Iíd occasionally come across sections where the wallpaper seemed barely stuck to the wall, I can only presume there are sections like that in the ceiling as well. None of this was obvious when inspecting the walls, until I started to scrape. How likely I am going to regret it if I donít strip and repaint the ceiling at this time?

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Are you sure you're not just seeing tape joints in the ceiling? Wallpaper on the ceiling sounds a little weird.

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Old 04-13-2008, 12:26 AM   #3
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Yes, I'm postive that the ceiling has been wallpapered and painted over. Looks just like the walls did. I'm told by my father that wallpapered ceiling used to be in once upon a time. Boogles my mind as to why, but I do know that its not unheard of.
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1.) Gardz on the plaster will be fine
2.)Yes

3.) Strip and do the ceiling the same as the walls.
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And yes, paperd ceilings are not at all uncommon
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1.) Gardz on the plaster will be fine
2.)Yes

3.) Strip and do the ceiling the same as the walls.
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Thanks so much. I had just about convinced myself to redo the ceiling while I'm at it before you guys posted. I will now.

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