05:00PM | 06/01/01
Member Since: 05/31/01
3 lifetime posts
In my 30 year old house, I'm having trouble with one particular room preparing to paint.

I spent 20 hours removing the wallpaper and glue with a mix of using dif, a steamer and water/vinegar. I've been palm sanding the walls smooth and washing as well.

Two walls are fine, the other 2 are lousy. The 2 lousy have:
- an outer layer of paint in some places
- another layer of paint beneath the outer layer or showing where the outer layer has come off
- a few patches down to drywall where both layers of paint striped. The drywall looks like cardboard

When washing, I see bits of the outer that bubble/flake, but not enough to get the outer completely off.

I'm afraid that whatever I paint will eventually bubble/flake as well. How can I prepare these walls adequately prior to painting?

Jay J

01:50PM | 06/02/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi mes384,

You're well on your way. Sand the ENTIRE wall with fine sandpaper first. Then, get some Finishing Spackle and 'level out' the lips of the paint-patches. Then, sand again until smooth. After that, I'd use a latex-based PRIMER/SEALER, 2 coats because the Compound will really **** the P/S up. Then, plan on 2 coats of finish paint.

Now, BEFORE you put any P/S on a roller, get the room as dark as you can. Then, w/a flashlight, hold it PARALLEL to the wall and look along the path of the light. It will show you the SLIGHTEST imperfections on the wall (because light travels in a straight line AND the 'bad spots' will cast 'shadows'.) At this point, it's up to you how perfect you want to get as far as doing more prep work.

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

PS: I recommend you buy your paint at a local Paint Retailer (found in the YELLOW PAGES under PAINT - RETAIL.) It usually costs good money for good primer and paint ...


06:34AM | 06/03/01
Member Since: 05/31/01
3 lifetime posts
Thanks Jay,

I had a friend look at the walls in question. He believes that I don't have the 2 levels of paint. Instead I have 2 levels of drywall.

I think I'm going ahead with the preparation you described. If there's anything to add to it, please let me know.




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