Can we texturize then paint over the layer of glue that is left after peeling off the wallpaper?


We took down wallpaper that is 30 years old and the residual glue stayed on in a layer. While trying to get the glue off with water and a spatula, we found that the top layer of sheetrock is coming off. Can we do something like texturize over the glue and then prime and paint or do we HAVE to take off all the glue first (our first time working with wallpaper removal we painted over some residual glue that we didn’t know was there and it crackled the paint).

If we texturized then painted will the glue be a problem in the future?

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  1. Attempting to texture and paint over a layer of glue left after peeling off wallpaper without priming is not recommended. The glue residue can prevent proper adhesion of new texturing materials and paint, leading to a subpar finish. It is crucial to thoroughly remove all traces of glue by using a wallpaper remover solution (warm water & vinegar works), scraping tools, and sandpaper before proceeding with texturing and painting. I would use a quick drying oil based primer for this job. Kilz Oil Base or Zinsser Cover Stain will work great. Failing to do so can result in an uneven surface, peeling paint, or other aesthetic issues. Therefore, it is essential to take the time to properly prepare the wall surface to ensure a professional and long-lasting result.

    It is best to plan on priming all of your walls. Then do any repairs that are necessary. Now you can apply a texture, prime the new texture then paint as usual.

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