Primer over joint compound and painted wallpaper

HomePhiJuly 9, 2012

Please help!

I just moved into a house built in 1930, whose previous owners from long ago painted over the wallpaper. To eliminate some of the bubbles in the wall, we had to take off a corner of the wallpaper (which wasn't easy), and a bunch of the plaster wall behind it came with it. The wall underneath was full of cracks. So, we won't be taking down any more of this wallpaper. The exposed area has been coated with joint compound. My question is, what do I use for primer over these walls? I've got joint compound and painted wallpaper. Is there one primer that would work for both?

Thank you, anyone, for your help!

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paintguy22

Any decent acrylic general purpose primer will work for this.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 1:32AM
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HomePhi

So I don't need something like Gardz?

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 7:23AM
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Christopher Nelson Wallcovering and Painting

Not after it has already been painted. Myself, I would remove the whole mess, but thats just me,I hate painted wallpaper for just the reason you mentioned and it is going to get nothing but worse in the future

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 6:17PM
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HomePhi

Well, it's not an option at this point to remove it. We have wallpaper in all the rooms in our second floor, and the walls would need to be rebuilt behind the wallpaper. We can't rebuild all our walls on the second floor right now, for financial and other reasons. We plan to do one room at a time eventually. For now, unfortunately, we have to make the best of it.

Can you recommend a good acrylic general purpose primer? (For what it's worth, the person at my local paint store said I should use Gardz, which sounded a bit like overkill to me, especially, as christophern noted, the wallpaper is already painted. But I haven't been able to find any good information about whether Gardz is appropriate for surfaces that are already painted).

Whenever I go to prime, do I spot prime first over the joint compounded areas, and then go back over the wall? Or should I just do the whole wall in one go?

Thanks for the advice!

    Bookmark   July 12, 2012 at 8:17AM
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Christopher Nelson Wallcovering and Painting

Gardz is not made for going over paint, as paintguy alredy said, any quality primer will work and do the whole wall after the patching process. Also, this will involve a trip to a REAL paint store not blowes or homely depot.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2012 at 6:10AM
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HomePhi

Thanks very much for the advice. Interestingly, it was someone at my local Benjamin Moore who told me to use Gardz; person at Home Depot told me to use a latex primer (Kilz 2). Should I use something from BM, like Fresh Start, or is Kilz 2 okay? I'm also thinking about 1-2-3.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2012 at 7:37AM
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Jumpilotmdm

Just so you know this is a result of not SIZING the wall before the wallpaper was put up. I realize you are probably not going to re-paper, though.

I recommend BIN 1-2-3 [Znisser] as a primer for your situation.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2012 at 2:09PM
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Christopher Nelson Wallcovering and Painting

Not to pick a fight with Jump, but 'sizing is the WRONG term. Here is an article that explains it all

Here is a link that might be useful: primer vs sizing

    Bookmark   July 16, 2012 at 5:03AM
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Christopher Nelson Wallcovering and Painting

. Should I use something from BM, like Fresh Start, or is Kilz 2 okay? I'm also thinking about 1-2-3.

Fresh Start, good, 123 good, Kilz2 not good

    Bookmark   July 18, 2012 at 5:21AM
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