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Question DetailsAsked on 8/2/2017

How much should it cost to level 5 on paneled walls?

I have a mobile home with paneling. I have 9 walls that are paneled and 10 walls with new drywall. 5 rooms with new drywall ceiling avg size is 10 x 12. My home is 909 sq ft.

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Panelled - as in wood or the paper-over-fiberboard stuff ? I would imagine you would have a hard time finding a good drywall contractor who will agree to promise a Level 5 finish on that - they will likely say what I would - tear off and put up new drywall, commonly around $2.50-4.00/SF complete for walls versus the likely $1/SF range for an attempt to finish over the paneling bows and waves, grooves, and likely not corrosion-resistant or tightly-holding fasteners, which are probably paneling nails which are the pits under skim coat, and if you overdrive them to fill the hole they pop through the paneling, making for a loose wall board.

BTW - you said 5 walls with new drywall but 10 walls with drywall - so some of the new drywall ceiling is in rooms with panelling ? Or did you miscount ?

Answered 3 years ago by LCD


Oh - one other thing - I strongly recommend the Level 5 finish be done by a drywall finishing expert with troweled joint compound or special drywall compound made for that use, which can be sprayed or rolled or brushed or troweled on, but is then mostly troweled off to leave a smooth surface.

There are paint-like compounds which are sprayed on and are supposedly "self-levelling" [an oxymoron there - how can it be "self-levelling" if hanging vertically on a wall ?] and I have heard some painters do a real nice job with them - either ah-so or with some brands followed by a quite roll-back with a very shorthair roller, but there are also a lot of horror stories out there about them not preventing the shadowing and texture difference show-through the Level 5 finish is intended to stop, or not leaving a real smooth finish. So, unless the contractor can show you a job he did that way (maybe in a new-construction house that is not yet occupied ?) that is a lot iffier situation - plus the paint is already on before you see how smooth it looks, whereas a sanded surface you can inspect and run your clean hand over BEFORE the primer paint goes on.

Note BTW - the troweled-on finish needs to be sanded afterwards to make it ready for priming, otherwise you WILL see roughness and trowel marks - usually done with a wide pole sander, screen sheet first to smooth out the trowel marks, then fine sandpaper (like 200-220 grit) for the uniform finish surface for the primer. Also needs to be WELL detacked (dusted) before priming or roughness will just show up again.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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