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Advice for Novice removed wallpaper

Discussion in 'Decorating and Painting' started by Novice1000, 16 Jan 2016.

  1. Novice1000

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    hi, I spent a painstaking long time removing woodchip wallpaper from one of my bedrooms and now I'm left with something on the walls underneath.

    Ok, here's what I did. Once I was able to get under the wallpaper with hot soapy water in a spray bottle I scrapped all the soggy backing away and I'm now left with this on two false walls
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    and this on two bricked walls
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    is this a mist coat with a pva on top? Where do I go from here?

    My Main aim is to paint the room and not have to somehow re-wallpaper the room.
    Thanks for any help
     
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    is one of the walls plasterboard?

    the wall with the buff and white patches looks to me like lining paper and polyfilla. If so it will come off with your water spray and broad metal scraper. This will also scrape off traces of old wallpaper paste, which you should remove if you hope to paint it. Don't do that on plasterboard though as it is constructed with stiff paper, which is usually grey or ivory, and you shouldn't damage it.

    If the house is 50 years old or more there is a risk you have distemper on the walls. It can be removed with very hot (not cold) water and has a distinctive unpleasant smell. It is a bad surface to try and redecorate.
     
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    The first image in my first post above shows a false wall i.e plasterboard wall and the second picture is of a bricked wall. Here are two close ups of the plasterboard wall and the building was built in the 70s.

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    Honest opinion? Pay for it all to be skimmed or line the walls with heavy lining paper.
     
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    Best options in my opinion, too.

    You will never get a decent finish with just paint over that lot, and the time and effort it will take to get anywhere near a suitable surface would be much longer than to get it skimmed by a decent plasterer. To save money on plastering, a heavy duty lining paper will cover it pretty well, but you will still need to scrape/sand high spots, fill any major defects, and remove loose material first, otherwise it will show through the paper.
     
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    Any tiny imperfection will show when painted, go for lining paper, heavyish grade if you don't want to pay for it to be skimmed. Any obvious holes/dents like the holes in your first picture should be filled. Perhaps start the lining paper on whichever wall is the worst, to see if it gives a satisfactory finish?
     
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