10:55AM | 01/14/08
Member Since: 01/11/08
1 lifetime posts
I have been removing wallpaper in our new home and run into a big problem in our two bathrooms, it seems that whoever put up the paper did not prime the drywall underneath and just slapped the paper right on. I discovered this when I dry stripped some paper (very thick paper)in each of the rooms. I am now at a loss for what to do. I have also brought in a pro to look at the job and at this point he says best move is to seal up and paint over the wallpaper. While I agree this is a good idea, it is not something I feel comfortable to do myself.

I feel like at this point my options are hire the pro (which I am for, but hubby is against, doesn't want to spend the money) or do the following:

Dry strip the rest of the paper (it is very thick paper, pulls off pretty easily). Seal the walls with Gardz, prime and paint. Does this seem like a plan that would work? I am afraid we are getting into unknown territory and will end up screwing up the walls beyond repair. I have read a lot about the Gardz product and everyone mentions skimming the walls after applying the Gardz, is this a step that can be skipped? What would the walls look like if we didn't skim them? Is there a texture finish we can apply to make the walls look "ok" if we don't skim them?? Skimming the walls sounds beyond what this newbie is capable.

Keep in mind I am a 5'1" girl who would be doing 90% of the work, and I also have a 1.5 year old very attached daughter so I would only be able to work a few hours at a time on weekends. These are very small bathrooms, so very tight working quarters. Husband would have left this horrible ugly wallpaper up so he feels this is my problem and I got us into this by starting this project in the first place. What would you do in this situation??


03:48AM | 01/15/08
Member Since: 07/28/02
1358 lifetime posts
You can leave the wallpaper up and prime over it as long as it is tight and not loose in any way. The reason they say to skim over the GARDZ is that is also used for priming walls after you have removed wallpaper and the walls were not primed and you tear the face paper of the drywall off. The GARDZ may very well work but I would prime with an oil based primer to make sure the wallpaper is locked down and moisture from your paint does not reach it. As far as skimming out a wall that is best left to a proffesional and you would only need to do that if the paper has a noticeable texture.


07:45PM | 04/24/08
Member Since: 03/24/08
62 lifetime posts
Agreed. If the wallpaper is tight, in this case, paint over it!


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