I want to texture and paint my walls but there are strips...

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I want to paint my walls but there are strips in between the sheetrock and when take them off there are big gaps between them . How do I feel the gaps to where its smooth and able to paint so you want be able to see the gaps ?

q i want to texture and paint my walls but there are strips between the

As you can see in the picture some gaps are bigger than others.

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  • Rebecca Balent Rebecca Balent on Aug 05, 2018

    Caulk with latex caulk.

  • DesertRose DesertRose on Aug 05, 2018

    You should calk along the sides of the strips to seal it off then add the paint. That will give it the finished look you need. We have done this many times even with wood paneling. It is a lot of work, but not hard work. Banna, I hope this helps answer your question.

  • Skooter Skooter on Aug 06, 2018

    Fill the spaces with spackle. I've used it to fill in the grooves of paneling as well as the spaces between sheets of paneling. Once the spaces are filled you need to sand them smooth and then wipe it down to remove the dust. Then paint or texture the walls.

    • Kathy Kathy on Aug 06, 2018

      For me, using spackle is much easier than caulk, IN THIS PROJECT. Most caulk does not sand well and I think you will want a smoother clean surface before you paint. Unless you are caulk QUEEN! (which I am ( ;) ) but I would use spackle on this!! Remember with the texture people will usually only see that, so cover cracks however easiest for YOU!!. Few people look as closely at our projects than we do!! Good Luck!

  • William William on Sep 05, 2018

    I painted the walls in my daughters modular home. She had wall panels with a floral design and strips covering the seams. I removed the strips and used a no shrink drywall patching compound. Put just enough to fill the gaps. Let that dry overnight. Next day I used a damp sponge over the patch to smooth it out. Primed the walls and painted.