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Primer over joint compound and painted wallpaper

Posted by HomePhi (My Page) on
Mon, Jul 9, 12 at 23:51

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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RE: Primer over joint compound and painted wallpaper

Any decent acrylic general purpose primer will work for this.


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RE: Primer over joint compound and painted wallpaper

So I don't need something like Gardz?


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RE: Primer over joint compound and painted wallpaper

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


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RE: Primer over joint compound and painted wallpaper

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!


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RE: Primer over joint compound and painted wallpaper

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.


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RE: Primer over joint compound and painted wallpaper

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.


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RE: Primer over joint compound and painted wallpaper

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.


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RE: Primer over joint compound and painted wallpaper

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


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RE: Primer over joint compound and painted wallpaper

. 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


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