Month: October 2012

Can I paint over wallpaper?

Can you paint over wallpaper?

Painting over wallpaper is something that people do to save time when they want to improve their house.
It can be done and most of the times comes out fine.

There are instances though that you have to remove the wallpaper in order to achieve a smooth finish. If the wallpaper has a heavy texture then you’re most likely better off to remove it.

When you paint over heavy texture wallpaper there are two disadvantages, 1 the texture will show through, which is fine most of the times, 2 where the wallpaper is damaged you will need to patch and the patched area will look different after you paint.

If the wallpaper is smooth (no texture) you can patch without worrying that the patched area will come out different than the rest of the wall.

How to paint over wallpaper?

  • Cut and remove the areas where the wallpaper is separated from the wall
  • Patch those areas with compound and sand
  • Caulk around the edges
  • Prime
  • Paint
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