Drywall was hung paper side out and paint peels and bubbles
The problems started when we tried to hang a Hot wheels racetrack that uses 3m strips to attach to the wall and the track would pull the paint off the wall. Later, when we tried to remove wall decals we had put up large areas of paint came up. These large areas showed that the underlying issue is that the drywall was hung paper side out. The bottom-most layer of paint is white but I have no way of knowing whether it is primer on not.
We are repainting my son's room and are currently pulling up all the loose paint we can. The paint only seems to stick at the joint seams and over screws/nails where mud was used. Obviously I will need to use some mud to transition over the edges of remaining paint, but do I need to skim coat the entire wall? I prefer to use a latex primer such as Kilz 2 if possible, but I want the paint to actually stick to the wall and not just look nice. We'd like to hang the racetrack in his room after painting and have the 3M strips work like they should.
Thanks for any advice!
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