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Old 10-25-2008, 08:15 PM   #1
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texture paint on wallpaper

I recently purchased an 85 yr old home with really bad plaster walls. We took off the wallpaper only to discover an ancient layer of wallpaper which is fused to the wall and immune to DIF. Any attempt to remove it resulted in chunks of plaster coming off the wall as well. I purchased a smooth texture paint and applied with a trowel and little air pockets have formed. A result of the wallpaper or some other faux pas? Anyone have any advice?


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Old 10-26-2008, 05:27 PM   #2
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I'll take a shot since noone else did.

The ancient paper is real paper, You can get a steamer type thingy at most tool rental stores that is used for this type of paper. Todays vinyl papers come off in one piece. The old style of real paper would only come off in little pieces just by scoring and applying a liquid. Unless the paper is totally saturated it would appear to be welded to the wall. On jobs I have done removing this type you could apply the liquid 10 times before it would be ready to remove even with the wallpaper steamer. The bubbles you are seeing are most likely the wet paint penatrating the paper and making the paste underneath expand, then when the paint drys the paste shrinks and leaves a bubble.

Hope that helps


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Old 10-26-2008, 08:47 PM   #3
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The bubbling is caused by the moisture in the texture. Good clue that the paper isn't 100% welded to the wall.

Either try other methods of removal, or coat the paper with zinner Gardz before texturing.
Gardz will seal the paper so moisture won't soak through and loosen the ancient paste.
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Old 10-28-2008, 01:55 PM   #4
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I think it will eventually come off -- with lots of elbow grease.
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