Need to smooth out sheetrock after removing plastic tile?

My bathroom walls were covered in ugly plastic tile. I have removed all the plastic tile which left alot of dark beige hard stuff stuck to the sheetrock. It must be some type of grout. My question is: How do I get the sheetrock smooth again so I can texture it and paint it?
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<< : How do I get the sheetrock smooth again so I can texture it and paint it?

The plastic tile adhesive removal will likely pull off the drywall paper, leaving you with the chore of skim coating to get a smooth new surface. Balance this work with replacement of the drywall itself to decide which way is best for you. One argument in favor of new drywall is the availability of water resistant, mold and mildew reasistant types which are ideal for bathrooms. Cruise this NG for tips on drywall work. There's a bunch of information out there that can help get a super job. HTH
Joe
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Hi Aaron,
I just went thru the same thing in my bath and kitchen. Are you sure it's drywall and not plaster walls? Plastic tile was pre-drywall is memory serves me right.
I used Citristrip from the borg and it work awesome. Paint the stuff on, wait 1hr, scrape it off with a stiff putty knife. Do a wipe down with mineral spirits, do a wipe down with a TSP sollution. Patch any areas that need to be patched. A final wipe with a damp clean cloth. Prime and paint. Came out awesome!
Now if the walls truly are drywall....tear em down. No other way that I know of.
Good luck, -Brian
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May not be. Plastic tile was popular in the 1950's as far as I remember. I know that drywall was in use during the Second World War, so it could be drywall.

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Aaron wrote:

pull out the sheet rock and put in new. it will be smooth....
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