Covering score marks in painted over wallpaper on plaster walls

DiggadooFebruary 3, 2012

I moved into a 1945 Cape Cod. In the entry, living room, and stairwell to the second floor was wallpaper. We scored the whole thing, then put on the gel. It would not come off. We tried vinegar. Nothing. Hot water. Nothing. We rented a steamer. Tried different scrapers. It took 3 people an entire day and some serious hand pain to remove ONE wall. A small wall. They must have used superglue to put it up. We didn't have the time or energy to face the impossible job in the rest of the area, so we painted over it in desperation. I know: sacrilege. Of course, we can see the score marks through the paint. I don't think removal is an option. It was a fool's errand before we painted over it. Can I skim coat over this? Any other suggestions (other than papering over it) for how to hide the score marks? They are on every square inch. Thanks.

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4 inch razor blade scraper.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2012 at 3:22PM
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yikes. Too bad you scored ALL of those walls. Either way it will be more work for you, so I would choose the smallest wall and lay on a thick primer coat, then repaint and see if that worked to hide the score marks. I'd also consider using a barely-textured paint I could live with that could cover/hide everything. Sorry I can't answer the question about applying a skim coat over it all.

    Bookmark   February 12, 2012 at 7:51AM
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Christopher Nelson Wallcovering and Painting

or this option

Here is a link that might be useful: flexwall

    Bookmark   February 14, 2012 at 4:40AM
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