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Question DetailsAsked on 9/22/2011

What is the best way to handle drywall with glue left over after removing paneling?

I ripped down wainscoting in a room and discovered it was lightly glued in place. Now I have swirls of glue (aka liquid nails) on the drywall with remnants of the wainscoting. Scraping it off doesn't look promising, even though there isn't that much on the drywall (it was also tacked in place). I've heard one promising solution is to scrape off the glue, and paper over with wallpaper base. I vaguely remember someone telling me there was an ultra-thin type of drywall. Any suggestions are much appreciated! Thanks in advance.

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When there are lots of big globs of adhesive left after removing paneling, the best solution is usually to scrape off as much of the glue as you can and then add another layer of drywall right over the existing. There is 1/4" drywall that works best for this, but it's not a whole lot cheaper than using 1/2" drywall, the sheets are just lighter!
If there isn't a ton of left over glue, then you may be able to scrape the old glue off and patch the torn areas using normal drywall compound.
That may be the cheapest method.
Another method would be to have a plasterer use a product like structo-lite and skim over the entire surface. Remember to prime before painting!

Source: J. G. Hamm Construction - Ypsilanti, Michigan

Answered 9 years ago by JGHamm

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