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Primer before lining paper?

Discussion in 'Decorating and Painting' started by Jesse4891, 14 Jan 2020.

  1. Jesse4891

    Jesse4891

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    Hi I’m new to this so please excuse any daft questions but we’ve just bought a house and have just stripped the wallpaper off.

    In places the drywall is now left with ‘fluffy’ tattered areas and there is one patch which is also a little damp.

    There is several small holes that need patching up as well where screws and nails have been removed.

    We don’t plan on wallpapering but would ideally like a smooth finish to then paint on. I was hoping lining paper would do this, but am I correct in thinking that firstly I’d need to fill and sand the holes, then prime the walls with a primer, followed by lining paper?

    If that’s the case could anyone recommend a primer suitable for a small damp patch and a general primer that’d be suitable?

    Many thanks
     
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    Fill and repair as you say but a good coat of wallpaper paste (size) should be all you need to prime the surface for papering.
     
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    Dilute wallpaper paste (generally referred to as sizing) should suffice as a primer. It's purpose is to reduce the porosity (read: suction) of the substrate.

    Don't pay a premium for premixed pastes when using lining paper, a box of Solvite powder will be much cheaper. To date I have never seen them sold in proper decorators without a third bag in the box for free (ie 50% free).

    The damp patch- you need to address why the wall is damp.
     
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