I just moved into a 50+ year old house. One of the rooms has what looks to
be painted over wallpaper on the walls -- you can see seems, nail pops,
bubbles, etc. I took a scraper and popped one of the bubbles and was able
to scrape off paint/paper pretty easy. If I scape lightly, I am left with a
brown fuzzy backing on the wall. If I scrape a little harder, the brown
fuzzy paper comes off and I get to a smoother brownish sort of wall board.
I am not sure if the brown fuzzy backing is still part of the wallpaper or
part of the wallboard. Also, when I can see some seams of what looks like
wallboard after scraping one area. Assuming I am able to remove the parts
that need to be removed, is it ok to still see a seam or does I need to do
something to fill/tape the seam?
Can someone give me some advice on what I need to do? I am a novice but
would like to remove all of these imperfections and then repaint the entire
based on personal and second hand experience (assuming i understand the
situation, and i think i do):
stop scraping. stop messing with the wall paper. tear it down and re-rock
the room. it will take much less time. if you absolutely insist, re rock
over the old wall with new sheetrock. better yet, tear the old stuff off.
I would like to add two cents worth of experience as well. I had about 90
square feet of wall with multiple layers of paper. I scraped and scraped
and found the wall board also. What a mess! I decided to skim coat and a
lot of it bubbled. I scraped again and skimmed again. I did a few times.
I really learned how to skim coat. It took me about three weeks to get it
right in my spare time on the weekends and nights. I can say that it turned
out well, but I would not want to do this again. You need a very large
spackling blade 10" or bigger to get good results. You can hire a pro.
No no no! There is no need to re-rock the whole room! Don't panic. I
had a similar experience in my newly purchased house, except with more
wallpaper. My kitchen had the original wallpaper from when it was
build (no primer was used, of course) then there was a white wallpaper
primer applied overtop of it and then more wallpaper. This time it was
the kind with the paper backing and vinyl front. What a nightmare.
Here is what I did, and it looks fine today.
First, I got the wallpaper off any way I could. That involved a lot of
scraping with DIF Wallpaper Remover (I LOVE that stuff). You can find
it in any home store, it's a blue gel that comes in a spray bottle.
Scrape as much of the paint off as you can and saturate the wallpaper
with the DIF. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes and scrape away. This may
tear the wallboard as well exposing the brown under-paper since there
was paint on top and probably no primer underneath, but that gets
taken care of in step two.
After you get all the wallpaper off you will need to purchase another
product called Gardz. It's made by Zinsser (the same people who make
Killz if you've used that before) and is a bit more difficult to find.
I found mine at a local specialty paint store. Call around and someone
will have it or can special order it for you. Gardz is basically
watered down glue that seals the brown paper so spackle and paint can
be applied without bubbling. It's very runny. The best thing that I
found to apply it with was one of those disposable sponge brushes. If
you have a large area though a roller will work just as well. We went
ahead and did the whole wall surface, but it's only really necessary
to do the parts where the brown paper is exposed.
After that is all dry, get a big tub of spackle and two spackle
knives, a small one and a bigger one. I used a 6" but the bigger the
better probably. Use the small one to cover all the brown spots with
just your basic coat of spackle, sand. Use the bigger one to do a
second coat, sand. Do one more final very smooth, thin, wide coat,
sand. That should make the walls smooth enough to prime. This would be
the stage to spackle any other spots that need it as well.
Buy some Killz or any other equivalent primer. This not only serves
the normal purpose of sealing the spackle but it also makes it easier
to see the spots that you may have missed. Once the primer dries
spackle any spots you see and you're ready to paint.
My kitchen took me about two weeks of doing it after work and on the
weekends and while tedious, wasn't particularly painful. It looks just
as good now as the rest of the walls in the house. Good luck! :)
I use a spray bottle with water in it and kept the wallpaper (the
brown spots you were referring to) wet and soaked it for a while then
scraped it off. Once off I used a sponge with the green scrubbing
thing on the side and soem cleaner (stuff called "Awsome" available at
most dollar stores) to get the small parts off. then I just fixed the
(plaster in my case) with spackling and primed and painted. It takes
a long time to do this right.
Sounds like a real mystery! First, I'd spray an area with water, let it
soak 15 minutes, spray again, wait again, then LIGHTLY use a wide blade
scraper to try to lift off the wall paper. Choose an area about 3'x3'.
Getting off what loosens with plain water will allow you to see what
kind of a problem you actually have. If you are into multiple layers of
wallpaper, it takes repeated spraying and scraping, being careful not to
dig or abrade the paper coating on wallboard. The wallboard coating
I've seen are light brown. If the wallboard is already damaged, you
will have done no more harm. Kind of silly to redo the whole wall if it
is only layers of wallpaper. I give it a rest overnight after removing
paper before I scrub off the rest of the paste, as the repeated spraying
will soften paint and possible the wallboard covering. Good luck. Let
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