Painting wall paper

jbanderNovember 21, 2013

I must admit that I haven't tried to pull the wallpaper off yet but can I just paint over the wall paper , like with Kilz first then my color

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paintguy22

Sure you can, but really this should only be done as a last resort if you can't get the wallpaper off.

    Bookmark   November 21, 2013 at 9:12PM
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Jamesdavis

Painting over wallpaper is a better idea. First, clean the entire surface thoroughly with TSP then rinse off the entire surface with water to remove your cleaner. Now check the condition of wall, cover any damaged area. Use fine sand paper to ensure a smooth surface after that apply sealer, primer and paint.

    Bookmark   November 22, 2013 at 1:19AM
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Christopher Nelson Wallcovering and Painting

Painting over wallpaper is a better idea. First, clean the entire surface thoroughly with TSP then rinse off the entire surface with water to remove your cleaner. Now check the condition of wall, cover any damaged area. Use fine sand paper to ensure a smooth surface after that apply sealer, primer and paint.

Painting over wall paper is a very, very BAD idea, unless it is ABSOLUTLY necessary. If you take this advise above with the TSP, the paper will most likely come off anyway because you will need to rinse it 4 or 5 times in order for ant primer and or paint to stick to it. Painting over wall paper is got to be # 1 of the worse things a person can do

    Bookmark   November 22, 2013 at 5:38AM
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paintguy22

Yea, I don't know why James is even trying. Perhaps he is a troll. His advice is the opposite of what you should do. Sand wallpaper? Really?

    Bookmark   November 22, 2013 at 9:29AM
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Lori A. Sawaya

Just joined 11/19/13.

It's always a good idea to look for familiar names/friends on a forum.

    Bookmark   November 22, 2013 at 11:31AM
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scarlett2001

Be your own best friend and don't paint over wall paper.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2013 at 2:45PM
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hayden2

A year or so after buying our house, I painted one of the bedrooms to change the paint color. Months later, seams began to show from under the paint.

I believe the previous owners must have painted over wallpaper but I don't know how many coats of paint or when it was done.

What can be done now to rectify?

    Bookmark   December 6, 2013 at 8:26AM
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hayden2

A year or so after buying our house, I painted one of the bedrooms to change the paint color. Months later, seams began to show from under the paint.

I believe the previous owners must have painted over wallpaper but I don't know how many coats of paint or when it was done.

What can be done now to rectify?

    Bookmark   December 6, 2013 at 8:32AM
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geoffrey_b

You need to score through the wall paper and remove it.

People who paint masonary or paint over wall paper should be shot!

    Bookmark   December 6, 2013 at 2:00PM
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Christopher Nelson Wallcovering and Painting

As mentioned you need to bet back to the original wall CAREFULLY, with a paper tiger or some such tool

http://www.safeandsimple.com/

Here is a link that might be useful: stripping

    Bookmark   December 9, 2013 at 5:55PM
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happy_grrl

Just say "no" to wall paper. I wish more people would.

    Bookmark   December 12, 2013 at 4:02PM
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Christopher Nelson Wallcovering and Painting

quote"Just say "no" to wall paper. I wish more people would."

Well thanks a lot, that does my career as a wall paper installer a whole lot of good

    Bookmark   December 12, 2013 at 5:59PM
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paintguy22

Yea, wallpaper only has a bad reputation because of bad information doled out throughout the years...and, of course lazy people who just hung it on top of flat paint or raw drywall. If you hang wallpaper on top of a good primer designed to be used under wall coverings, then the stuff comes right off when it's time.

    Bookmark   December 12, 2013 at 9:00PM
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Christopher Nelson Wallcovering and Painting

Thank you paintguy :-)

    Bookmark   December 13, 2013 at 5:46AM
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vedazu

Good grief: "just say no to wallpaper." Like everything in life, it depends. Beautiful wallpaper is an art form and if you find something wonderful and want to live with it, it can be exceptional. Unless you are paying an artist--a real artist--to paint a mural on your wall, or to stencil, wallpaper is lovely.

    Bookmark   December 17, 2013 at 8:52AM
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