05:49PM | 01/10/01
Member Since: 01/09/01
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The wall studs on the exterior walls show through a layer of wallpaper and at least one coat of paint. We are planning to re-paint the walls (after stripping off the old paper). Is there anything that we should do before painting to make sure that the studs will not show through again? Also - does any one know why this might have happened?


09:45AM | 01/19/01
Member Since: 11/14/00
333 lifetime posts
I have never heard of the STUDS showing through a wall material. Are you sure they are the studs? They are spaced from 12-18 inches from each other (standard is 16). If you see a line down the wall every 4-8 feet from each other, then you are seeing the poorly-taped seams between wallboard pieces, not the studs. Sand them down before you paint. If the lines are closer than that, perhaps the lathing is showing through an inadequate amount of plaster. But I doubt it is the actual studs.

In any event, if it really is the STUDS that are showing through the wall, then consider slapping up brand new drywall on top of your current wall. It probably just is not a very good quality wall. Mark the location of the studs on the floor and ceiling so you can nail or screw the panels to the studs with long screws/nails. You can use thin pieces of drywall because you will be covering an existing wall, which will reduce the heavy lifting. It takes about the same amount of time as painting, and the finished product will be far, far, far better than painting an uneven wall.

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