Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Wallpaper nightmare - Now a DREAM!

Don't you hate it when do-it-yourself projects don't go as planned? Removing wallpaper can be a nightmare - especially when chunks of drywall come off with the wallpaper. In this project, more than half the wall was down to brown paper layer of the old drywall.

Here is the "BEFORE" photo:

Is the solution to skim coat the whole wall? NO.
Is the solution to just put up new drywall sheets? NO.
Is the solution to put up paintable wallpaper? NO.

Zinsser's GARDZ is the answer.

Directly from Zinserr website:

GARDZ High Performance Sealer is a unique water-base sealer for porous and potential problem surfaces. It is formulated to deeply penetrate and dry to a hard, moisture resistant film that seals and binds down porous, chalky and crumbling surfaces, paints and texture finishes.

GARDZ is recommended for: damaged drywall, new drywall, spackling and joint compound skim coats, plaster, calcimine, uncoated wallpaper, wallcovering adhesive residue, texture paint, popcorn ceilings and builder's flat paint.

GARDZ takes the “problem” out of problem surfaces. It penetrates even multiple layers of drywall facing paper and even chalky, builder’s flat paint and dries to a rock-hard, water-resistant finish that protects surfaces from damage during the next redecorating project.

I thought this stuff was too good to be true. But I can tell you from personal experience. GARDZ ROCKS!

Here is the "AFTER":

Sure there was still some patching and sanding but Gardz was a lifesaver.

Now...on to the next project!

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