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Sep 26, 2013, 03:17 PM
skim coating walls
I am in the process of removing wallpaper. There are apparently 2 layers of paper with the first layer having been painted. Also, the drywall was not primed first. So, of course, the walls are looking very rough. How is the best way to skim coat these walls? I would like to paint but may end up wallpapering again if they look too bad.

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Sep 26, 2013, 10:09 PM
You have one of those projects where there is no easy solution. Skimming 100% of the wall surface takes a lot of time, the moisture in the mud can cause remaining parts of the wall paper to rise and it takes a huge amount of work to get everything smooth. Add to that you have all the dust.

In many cases is is even easier to completely replace the drywall - it certainly will make for a better end result.

A third method would be to add a paintable wallpaper liner. Overall this will be the easiest way to get a nice, paintable surface.

Sep 28, 2013, 04:55 AM
as jaybee, suggested. sheetrock over it
or....skim the wall. after you get all the old paper off of it
thin your mud with water, the skimming is easy, the hard part is the sanding of the wall after it dries
a tip...use a brite light to cast shadows on the wall to see the bumps and valleys, wear a face mask, tape all doors closed. dust..sand it till its smooth as a babys butt...