How to prep this old wall for painting?
September 2, 2014 10:17 AM Subscribe
We have walls that desperately need painting, but haven't been able to adequately neutralize the glue left from the wallpaper. Hope us?
posted by Thorzdad to Home & Garden (4 answers total)
Sometime in the 80's, the previous owner of my house (basic 70's era midwest ranch) put up a lot of wallpaper. Early on, after we moved in, we removed a lot of the wallpaper and did the vinegar-water wash of the walls to neutralize what glue might be left on the walls. Then, we primered and painted. Unfortunately, this met with mixed success, and we have areas where the paint began to chip off.
Forward to today...One large wall of our bedroom has yet to be painted. The wallpaper is long gone, but I'm completely stumped as to what to do to neutralize the glue. For the life of me, there are sections where it doesn't look like they did anything to the drywall before they applied the wallpaper. Other areas, though, appear to have been primed.
Anyway, simple question...What is your sure-fire method for neutralizing leftover wallpaper glue?