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Jordi88 01-01-2008 10:07 PM

How to handle wall problem?
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I am in the process of remodeling my bathroom. Today I removed a tacky wallpaper border the previous owner had installed and discovered under it chipping paint. I've never dealt with chipping paint before, I've been told to sand down the area and primer it.

What confuses me, is while I was removing the wallpaper, I noticed a brown almost cardboard like material was exposed where the paint had chipped off. When I would spray the area with water (to loosen up the wallpapers adhesive) this cardboard like material easily came off and exposed a light brown board.

There is so much chipping I don't know if sanding the area would even look good? Should I chip off the remaining paint and remove this cardboard like material and then primer that area?

The picture I have attached is an area where I removed the chipping paint and the cardboard like material... Any guidance would be great.

Jordi88 01-02-2008 07:56 PM

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Originally Posted by ToolGuy View Post
Just by reading my reply you already know more than I did at 19.

What you may have there is layers upon layers of old wall paper over wood-lath plaster. I've removed entire apartment's of the stuff and sometimes the walls are sound while other times it turns out the paper is actually holding the plaster together. If your house was built between 1900 and 1930, I'm guessing this is the case.

If it was built later, say '50s or so, then it's probably drywall. Without seeing more of it, there's no way I can say for sure.

I doubt that it's hardboard, which is not actually that hard. It's basically paper about 1/2 inch thick. Whatever the case, there's not really any benefit to removing more than necessary, except maybe if you're just curious. If you want to see what's under there, I'd say go ahead. Whatever you do, it's going to need patched, but the deeper you dig the more you have to patch. Also, if you get much deeper, using the light weight spackle will no longer be the better way to go.

If you decide to remove more (you're doing so right now, aren't you), then post a couple more photos, maybe of the whole wall so I can get a better idea of the construciton. The more information I have, the better I can advise.

I gotta hit the sack, but I'll check in tomorrow after work to see how you're doing.

Two of four walls have chipping paint present. What I find odd about the whole issue is that below a certain point on the wall (see the dark blue lower portion of the wall in the picture) the paint is perfectly find and can not and does not need to be chipped.

I felt This area had been originally too big for the spackle remedy to be effective. I've decided to chip off all the paint and wallpaper, sand down what is left, and prime and paint the wall. On one of the walls I am going to use your spackle remedy.

And one other thing. My house was built in 1915.

Jordi88 01-04-2008 11:10 PM

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Originally Posted by ToolGuy View Post
Oh, you mean you're unbiased realtor?

There's no way around it, if you want to restore or upgrade an old house and do it right, it involves a lot of work. Why do you think guys like me are so expensive to hire? So just think about how much money your saving.

If you tackle one room at a time through to completion, you're going to have one awesome old house. It may take a couple of years, but it's well worth it.

By the way, do you still have all the old trim still intact?

On one of the other walls in my bathroom was a small area of chipped paint. I bought the Easy Sand 90 and mixed it and attempted to apply it to the area. It is still drying and I don't know if I did a good job.... You can still see the the chipped out area.... I need to apply another coat when it dries and then sand it down....

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