Getting walls ready to paint after wallpaper removal

sjack827November 14, 2011

I'm made a mess of my living room. I don't know what I'm doing and it shows. I need some help and ideas.

I had removed wallpaper from the walls. The paper came off effortlessly, I just pulled it off. The wall underneath was fairly smooth and covered with some kind of off white primer. Because of what happened when I had someone paint my hallway, which had the same wallpaper, I decided to prime the walls with Gardz.

I didn't wash the walls or attempt to remove any paste. I just coated it (twice) with Gardz, thinking I could get someone over to skim coat it. The walls aren't damaged at all except in a few spots but they have a beady texture. All I want is smooth walls but the drywall people want hundreds of dollars to skim coat, saying that skim coating around trim is very time consuming. A friend said that I should have tried to wash the walls off. I am totally confused. I don't know what is wallpaper paste, wallpaper primer or what. I have limited skills when it comes to stuff like this.

Should I try to wash the paste off the walls even though I have already used Gardz? Should I be trying to remove the thick white coating on the walls -- is that the paste? Or should I just bite the bullet and pay someone to skim coat. Any ideas would be appreciated.

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Brushworks Spectacular Finishes

GARDZ will not allow you to wash off the paste, it's sealed (locked) to the wall.

GARDZ is an excellent base to skim coat over. Call them.

    Bookmark   November 14, 2011 at 4:22PM
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cflaherty

I just had to use a steamer to get the wallpaper off because the people who hung the wallpaper didn't size. The guy at the paint store recommended putting an oil based stain blocker on the walls then painting w a latex paint...I guess based on brushworks comment it's a little late for this. :((((((

    Bookmark   November 14, 2011 at 10:48PM
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