How to prepare this wall for painting?

1 Oct 2014
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Hi all,

I recently stripped the wallpaper in a room and all of my walls were left as in the image below, with a mixture of bare plaster and old paint.

I want to paint these walls and was wondering how I should best approach preparing them for painting? Ideally I'd like to avoid lining paper (I have no faith in myself to get it seamless).

Any advice much appreciated.

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Depends how raised the old paint is if it shows a ridge it will scream at you when painted, sanding ad a heavy lining paper would be my approach, but if you want to avoid papering try sanding and using something like Polycell Basecoat works quite well when I have used it for a quick turnaround.(y)
It's not very raised, looks like a single layer of paint to me, less than 1mm thick - dunno how visible it is but there's an angled pic below.

Reckon the base coat will work in this case?

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As long as you remove any loose and feather the edges with sanding I reckon you should get a fair result.(y)
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I decided I wouldn't be able to deal with any visible lines after painting so instead brushed all the paint with sugar soap, left it for a while then took it off using a scraper, did some very light damage to the plaster in small areas while scraping but will fix that with surface filler.

Feeling much better about it now!

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