July 30, 2012
Tomorrow I'm scheduled to close on my latest fix and flip investment. This was my best project to date at least in terms of budget and profitability. To celebrate I've decided to write a series of posts detailing the lessons I have learned in the course of this project.
Lesson One: You can fill in the grooves in paneling with drywall compound and texture the walls but why would you?
I spent countless hours filling in the cracks, sanding and skim coating paneling to see if I could make it look like drywall. The first thing I had to do was fill in all the grooves with drywall mud. Next I sanded that coat of mud and skim coated the whole wall. Then I lightly sanded the skim coat and skim coated the wall one more time. Next I completed the final sand and textured the walls. Finally came paint. The end result looks fairly good but I'm developing cracking where two sheets of paneling come together. Next time I will either remove the paneling, if there's is sheet rock behind it I will scrape the glue and skim coat the walls. I did that in another room and it was faster and the result was much better. If there is no sheetrock I will either install new rock or wall paper the walls with a wall paper liner covered with either paintable textured wall paper or a good quality wallpaper. Hey wallpaper is in again.