I'm sure this has been covered but after a week of scraping 1960's-era
wallpaper off of most of the walls in my new house, I can't seem to
focus enough on past threads to find the answer.
In the process of removing the wallpaper, there was quite a bit of
damage to the paper on the drywall in some places. A painting
contractor recommended we use Gardz before spackling, to ensure that
the wallboard doesn't absorb the water and bubble. We can't seem to
find Gardz around where we live. A paint supply store said that B-I-N
would do the same thing, but after buying some, we're not so sure it's
good for that use.
In doing some research online, I've seen that there are other products
like Gardz out there (again, can't seem to buy them LOCALLY, and time
is an issue here). I've also read instructions that say you can just
put a skim coat over the torn paper spots and that will work just
SO...do I have to use Gardz or a similar product specifically for
repairing torn drywall paper? Will the B-I-N I bought work just as
well? Is is possible just to spackle and be done with it?? Any help
anyone can offer me here would be GREATLY appreciated!
I've had this same problem in the past. I put a coat of mud over the
damaged area and 2 coats of B-I-N after the mud dried. It worked just fine
for me, but it's only been 8 months since I did the work. I can't guaranty
you that it's a perfect seal, but it's the best I can tell you.
Been there - Done that. I had so many problems (holes, joints that were
never taped, cracks etc) that I ended up skim coating the walls with
drywall mud and priming before two coats of good paint.
Prime x2 after repairing. I don't know what "quite a bit of damage" is,
but I've messed up the paper removing wallpaper a few times. You can't
sand the paper, so the best fix, for me, has been to cut away the torn
edge with a razor blade, then spackle the defect. Feather out the
primer, applying thin coats, so you don't have a distinct edge to the
primed area. Best to apply it with a small roller, so you don't have
perfectly flat patches surrounded by previously rolled paint. Works for
If you have deep defects, you may need two applications of spackle, as
it shrinks a bit.
email@example.com (Lisa) wrote in message
Any good oil-based primer will work. Zinsser 123 worked fine for me.
Ask at a paint store for a recommendation, they'll know. Ventilate the
area if you're doing a large area, I spent an evening hallucinating
after doing all the walls in a small room...interesting but no desire
to repeat...no apparent braim danage.
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