I'm repainting a bedroom, and after removing a couple layers of wallpaper,
found that the first layer of wallpaper was put up without a coat of paint
or primer. When I tried to remove it, it pulled up some of the backing
paper. So now I've got some seriously crappy looking wallboard. I'm having
problems getting spackling paste to stick, too.
1. The patch stuff I'm using is "spackling paste", but at the hardware
store, they sell another product called "joint compound". What's the
difference between these two products? Am I using the wrong one?
2. I laid down a coat of primer, hoping this would firm up the layer of
paper enough that I could sand it. Was this a dumb idea or a good one?
3. Should I just rip out the old sheetrock and start over, or is there hope
for a smooth wall with a reasonable amount of effort?