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
  • Can you paint vinyl siding?

    We talked about painting aluminum siding, but what about vinyl, can you paint vinyl siding?

    Vinyl siding was introduced as an exterior product in the 1950s. With time it has gotten better but like paint it is not immune to fading. It will fade somewhat slower than paint though. It varies in quality and as a general rule the more expensive is more durable and the color will fade slower.

    Can vinyl siding be painted?

    After years of weather conditions it will start looking tired and when that happens an easy way to bring it back to life is by painting it. Painting vinyl siding is pretty straight forward, pressure wash to a clean surface and apply a paint that is compatible with vinyl siding like Sherwin Williams Vinyl Siding Compatible Paint or Benjamin Moore Vinyl and Aluminum Siding

    Exterior house painting ideas

    One very simple exterior house painting idea is white. Believe it or not 40% of the residential exteriors are white and in my opinion they look pretty good.

    Start with a color you like and try to work a color scheme around that. Maybe you’ve seen a house that you like in your area, you can stop by and talk to the owners about the color scheme. Most of the time they will be pleased that someone likes the color on their house so much that want to paint their house with the same color.

    Another great idea is to look in the charts with color combinations that paint stores offer. Those combinations are put together by professional decorators and always work great.

    Other exterior house painting ideas involve whether you plan to live on that house for a long time or if you plan to sell your house in the near future. If you plan to sell your house you might consider using a neutral color. Something that will look pleasant to most people.

    Another idea is to ask your your painter. House painters see many different types of homes and generally have a pretty good idea on what might work for a particular type of house.

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