- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Things You Will Need
- Drywall compound
- Paint rollers
- Drywall knives
- Faux finishes that use two different tones of a paint color work well on vinyl sheetrock.