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gnm282

08:42AM | 10/29/04
Member Since: 09/11/04
14 lifetime posts
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Hello,

I have painters who have sanded the walls to remove the sizing (wallpaper came down with just a pull. The walls feel pretty smooth but have a white residue -

The painters just want to prime over the white filmy, dusty residue and not wipe down the walls - is that OK?

Thank you!

Ginny

5slb6

04:15PM | 10/31/04
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
Yes you need to remove the dust before you paint.

gnm282

04:45PM | 10/31/04
Member Since: 09/11/04
14 lifetime posts
so it's OK to wash the walls then to remove the dust?

THANKS!

5slb6

01:23AM | 11/03/04
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
Yes it is OK to wipe the walls down with a damp sponge.

Has all the wallpaper glue has been removed?

gnm282

03:42AM | 11/03/04
Member Since: 09/11/04
14 lifetime posts
Thank you for your response. No they didn't remove the glue residue - I'm told that needs to go as wel. Is that correct? In addition they have tripled their price since starting so I'm about to let them finish the ceilings and be done with them.

Ginny

5slb6

02:41PM | 11/03/04
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
Yes the glue needs to be removed as it will show through the paint and cause adhesion problems down the road.

It may be a good idea to cut these painters loose.

Amcdonald

06:03AM | 11/04/04
Member Since: 10/17/04
54 lifetime posts
Why are they charging additional fee's? The cleanup of sizing and glue should have already been quoted with the first quote you got. Do not allow the price to change. It is a normal practice to wipe walls clean with either a damp sponge or tack cloth. I would also report them to your local business bureau for "shotty" business practice.

gnm282

06:24AM | 11/04/04
Member Since: 09/11/04
14 lifetime posts
Unfortunately, this has become a lesson in dealing with contractors. They initially gave me a price for doing 2 ceilings and one strip of taping a living room wall, where a drywall wall had been adjoined to a plaster wall and not 100% lined up. We then talked about doing more painting and I said I needed an estimate. They gave me a ballpark saying it would only be a couple of hundred more then their original estimate. My big mistake was letting them in the door to begin before they came back with another written estimate because they started on the other jobs. Each day I stated that I needed an estimate for the extended work and each day they acknowledged. They would come and do 20 min worth of work and then leave to do another job. Finally, when I said, look I would hate to have you finish (they were a long way from that)and not be able to pay you, I finally got a verbal price for the extra work which was not a couple of hundred dollars more but 3x the original price. They have not been careful of my things - getting paint chips in my tv and couch.. - not been a good experience. BUT I've learned thanks to everyone's advice. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Ginny
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