Repair papered walls after removing coving

28 Jul 2014
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United Kingdom

I have removed a plaster coving in my bedroom but unfortunately it came off with bits of old lining paper and wall paper. The house is approximately 30 years old and throughout it has a dab and dot plasterboard covered with multiple layers of paint, and lining paper.

Do you have any ideas how this can be fixed? I would like to avoid stripping the whole wall paper as I tried in the kitchen and its very difficult to get it off.

After reading up a lot on the internet I am considering:

1. Cutting away any damaged wall paper with a knife to get a clean lines
2. Then applying a Zinsser Gardz primer
3. Then applying a tin layer of plaster, sanding and applying another layer of plaster.
4. Finally applying another coat of Zinsser Gardz primer and paining it with a matt emulsion.

I am very keen to get a good finish but would like to avoid having the full walls re-skimmed. Do you think this will work?
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Is there a way to repair it? I am not very keen on coving that's one the old one was removed.
There is no way to repair damaged or missing wallpaper other than stripping it off and starting again.

You can sometimes paint over what is already up (assuming stuck very firmly to wall) but in your case there will be a change in surface where the coving was. It will look a mess. Painting over old wallpaper will always be less satisfactory than starting with a smoothened, bare plaster wall, crosslining and re-papering (if wallpaper is what you want).
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You could get a wide paper border to cover the top of the wall.

Not a very good idea to start tearing coving down when you want to keep the wallpaper.

But there you go.
Thanks for the responses. I think my initial post was misunderstood, the walls are painted over a lining paper not covered in paper. I am looking for an alternative fix instead of having the paper stripped and walls skimmed.

I am looking to repaint the whole room with an emulsion paint

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