How to Finish Vinyl Sheetrock in a Mobile Home

Vinyl-covered sheetrock in mobile homes can present problems when deciding to paint or refinish. The slick and usually textured surface requires careful preparation to get a satisfactory finish. With this type of sheetrock, you cannot just roll on a coat of paint; it will lift and peel off the surface. Texture paint camouflages damaged sheetrock, covering small scratches and gouges. Faux finishes also work well to cover vinyl sheetrock.

Painting is a good project to allow children to help.
  1. Remove the batten strips and pull any nails remaining in the seams of the sheetrock. Wash the walls with a strong cleaner (trisodium phosphate) or ammonia and allow the walls to dry.

  2. Fill the openings between the sheets of vinyl sheetrock with drywall compound and allow to dry. Drywall compound shrinks when it dries, some areas may require a second coat. Sand the walls with 100-grit sandpaper to roughen the finish. Use light pressure on the sand paper to avoid damaging the surface of the sheetrock. Use a sanding pole to make this part of the project go faster. Wipe the walls with a tack rag to remove any sanding debris.

  3. Roll on two coats of a high-quality sealer primer; choose one specific for vinyl. Check the walls after the first coat of primer for any rough areas that require more sanding. Use a primer tinted to the color of the paint to ensure better coverage.

  4. Roll on two coats of a premium paint, allowing drying between coats. Some patterned sheetrock may require a third coat if the pattern still shows through the paint.

  5. Hide damaged vinyl sheetrock by rolling on a textured paint, using a long-napped wool roller. Foam rollers are available that have designs carved into them.

  6. Create a stucco finish on the vinyl sheetrock by rolling on textured paint and then using a trowel or drywall knife to create swirls in the paint.

About the Author

Myra Smith has retired from the business world after successfully working as a manager in the accounting field over twenty years. Smith received her education in Texas (high school) and Missouri (University of Missouri) business courses offered by employer. Smith has now embarked on an exciting second career as a writer for Demand Studios. Smith writes articles in the Home and Garden section.