Removing wallpaper, do i need plaster or a skim coat?

Removing wallpaper, do i need plaster or a skim coat?

Removing wallpaper, do i need plaster or a skim coat?


Wallpaper removal.

One of the easiest way to give your room a clean and updated look is to give a fresh coat of paint. This is true for most of rooms that have plaster on walls, minimum preparation work is done, mostly to fill nail holes. But what should you do when there is a wallpaper on wall?

Most of the time, if you have applied a wallpaper and would like to renew your room, you will have to remove the wallpaper first (we do not recommend painting over wallpaper). We use a special product to remove the wallpaper and take off the glue residue from the walls, and all prep work required is to sand the walls properly to make sure safe adhesion of paint, and apply a coat of oil primer before finish paint.

Removing wallpaper, do i need plaster or a skim coat?

Very old wallpaper – before CWC Painting started removing. No idea what was behind all layers.

But this some what easier process can turn to a costly redo if you have outdated (and this we meant old wallpaper applied many many years, even decades ago, sometimes by the previous homeowner, to cover defects, cracks, rough surfaces on the wall). When this happens, depending of the situation of the walls, you can go 2 ways: Applying a skim coat or plastering walls.

Skim Coat or Plaster?

Skim coating is a texturing technique used to make a wall smooth. Drywallers use this technique to hide an imperfect taping job, to give the wall a plaster-like appearance and in situations when only the smoothest surface will do. Skim coating is the only way to achieve a level 5 drywall finish, which a number of trade associations recommend for areas of bright or critical lighting.

Removing wallpaper, do i need plaster or a skim coat?

After wallpaper removed, a skim coat was applied on all walls.

Skim coating is a plaster like, and like the name says, it is just a thin layer over practically very good Sheetrock wall; is the least expensive way to go, but in some cases it won’t solve the problem. In some cases, and this is only possible to judge after removing the wallpaper to see what is underneath all layers, a plaster will be the best option, specially if you have a case of too rough and uneven areas.

About CWC Painting and Services.

CWC Painting and Services specializes in the Remodeling of Interior and Exterior Homes and Businesses.

Our services include but not limited to Interior & Exterior Painting, Power Washing, Light Carpentry, Floor Refinishing, Drywall Repairs, Wallpaper Removal and Installation.

CWC won 2015 and 2016 Angie’s List Super Service Award, and 2017 Best of Houzz Services. Call CWC Painting and Services for an estimate at (857)888-6608 or request an estimate online. We are fair and straightforward on the work needed, and will always recommend what is best for you.