A few years ago we bought a house built in the late '70's. All of the
original wallpaper was still there (either on the surface or buried under
additional layers of wallpaper and paint). When we took it down, what we
found underneath was unfinished drywall. It was very rough to the touch,
like a low-grit sandpaper, and you could tell that it had never been
painted - all original. We had to slick the walls with joint compound to
finish them off before we could paint them. The other walls that were only
painted were just fine. What I'm trying to explain is not a knockdown or
other such wall texture. If you ran your knuckles across this stuff, you'd
My question is, what gives? What is this stuff? Is it a normal
construction practice to put up a cheaper drywall with no finish coat when
you know that you're going to be hanging wallpaper before handing the house
over to the original homeowner? A friend recently bought a house built in
the early '90's and it turns out he's got the same problem.
Iv'e seen that happen to dry wall afew times my self, sometimes from over
sanding of joints andf hitting the paper to much, or if it is left
unfinished and it gets damp ,like form hanging wallpaper on it .I'm
surprised you could remove the wallpaper when ever I've seen someone remve
wallpaper from a unfinished wall the results are worse than you explain.I
really dont think it had anything to do with the quality of wall board used.
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