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Making Sheetrock Smooth for Painting After Removing Wallpaper

Has anyone had the primer peel off with the wallpaper leaving spots of bare sheetrock? How do you get it smooth again in order to paint? Is it safe to sand and risk ripping the sheetrock paper? I really don't want to use wallpaper again but I think thats the only way to get a smooth look otherwise. Re-sheetrock...help?

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October 16, 20060 found this helpful

You'll just need to patch it with some mud, smooth it out and lightly sand it before painting. Pretty much like filling in holes from nails but with a little more detailing. If you don't the defect will show through and leave an ugly mark on your wall! You can find the patching material at WalMart, Lowes or Home Depot and its not hard to do at all.

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July 4, 20070 found this helpful

That is awesome

I have another trick for removing wall paper. After perforating it try (if you have one) steaming it with a shark steamer. It is really easy and works like a charm.

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