Can I sand this down for painting?

9 Sep 2014
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Having stripped off a load of wallpaper I'm left with bare plaster which is covered in what I assume are bits of old PVA. Couple of pics attached. I want to paint the walls and wondering if sanding this off will work, or if I will need to reskim? I guess the other option is backing paper but I've never used it and not sure if it can really give a clean finish without seeing the joins in the paper.

Grateful for any advice!


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I’d sand the loose bits off and then use lining paper and paint that. Shouldn’t see any joins if you do it properly. If there’s a noticeable gap between strips, you can always fill and sand the joints. I have it all over my house.
Thanks Mottie, good to know as it seems a lot less hassle (and cost) to paper it. Will give it a go.
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Give it a sand and see, looks like lots of loose bits that will easily come off.

I recently used lining paper and regret it. Wish I'd paid extra for a skim. Reason being seems are noticeable and in some places lifting after painting :(

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