painting over very old wallpaper

by dianne
(Mi)

The wallpaper is very old and not loose at all,,,what product can I use to paint over the wallpaper?


Hi Dianne

Since the paper is secure (glue areas as needed) you should be able to easily prime the paper then paint it.

Be sure to use the proper primer though. An oil based product works the best or even better is a primer made specifically for going over wallpaper.

Keep in mind that if your wallpaper has a texture and you need to fill holes etc., try to use as little filler as possible as filler tends to show through once painted.

Enhanced seams that the wallpaper has can also be an issue once the paint is on so you might want to keep that in mind. Filling the seams is possible but as I mentioned your filler can be very defined once painted.

Testing your priming and painting process is good advice to follow and if your not happy with the final look you might have to remove the paper.

Keeping in mind that removing wallpaper is much more difficult (if not impossible) once your wallpaper has been painted. In such cases having the assistance of a Professional Drywall might be necessary.

Talk to your local paint store representative regarding products, tools and the wallpaper painting or removal process.

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washing off the wall-paper glue before painting...

hello...i am wondering...is it necessary to wash off the wall-paper glue when painting? we want to just paint over the glue, and are hoping to avoid this step.

also, what about putting up tiles over the glue? is it necessary to wash off the glue for that project?

thank you and have a great day

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Old Flocked Wallpaper:What were we thinking in '73?

by Mary K. Warren
(Center, TX USA)

Just bought a home built in the 70's with bedroom wallpaper to take us back---Furry Wallpaper?

Question: Can I successfully paint over vinyl flocked wallpaper? Will Kilz work as a wall prep prior to painting the one wall covered in Flocked wallpaper? This paper has been up in a guest bedroom since 1973 and is in great shape.

We recently bought this home and are looking to get rid of the 70's looks throughout. THIS Pink flocked wallpaper is so old that it is almost in style again! It was used on only one wall as an accent.

The other guest bedroom that is done in light teal looks too good to take down and I am buying a comforter set to coordinate with it.

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paiting over candle drip wall covering

by steve
(cherry hill nj.)

looking to duplicate candle drip wallcovering over spackled areas as I paint a room with candle drip wallcovering on walls

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Wallpaper glue on plaster

by Judith

We have very rough painted walls in our home. In three rooms we had wallpaper on one wall in each room. We removed the wallpaper and painted. The one room that I did myself turned out fine.

One bedroom and the livingroom that my adult children did are not very good. It has been several years since they were painted and it is now obvious that not all the paste and or sizing was removed. The paint on some walls are very splotchy and discolored and flaking.

What can I do now to correct this situation. I am going to paint the entire room. How do I remove the paint and old sizing/glue from the old job?

Due to wanting to keep the swirling design of the plaster through out the house I cannot simply sand the walls.

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How to remove old wallpaper & paint from an old 1917 home.

by Cheryl


Our home has 1917 paint on the walls and the paint is covered with old pealing wallpaper. I'm wondering what the process would be to remove the paper and then paint the walls.

Hi Cheryl,

You'll first need to ensure that the walls are not coated with a lead based paint. There are kits that you can purchase from your local home improvement retailer to check for lead type products. If your paint has lead in it you will need to follow all local government regulations regarding the process of re-painting or removing such paints.

As far as the removal of old wallpaper goes you might also want to test for asbestos before you begin the paper scraping process. Most home retailers carry an asbestos testing kit if you need one. Be sure to test your wallpaper along with the plaster under the wallpaper itself.

Once your wallpaper (and the walls) have passed the test you can then use a wallpaper scraper (or 2" to 3" drywall knife) as your wallpaper removal tool. Along with the scraper you'll require an extension (pole), roller and low napped roller cover.

Place drop cloths close to your papered walls as this is a messy process and the drop cloths will collect water as it rolls toward your floor.

Fill a paint tray with warm water so that you can begin striping the wallpaper. Roll your wallpaper using the tray full of water, roller/cover and extension pole. Let your water sit on the paper for a few minutes then roll your wallpaper again. You can usually tell that the wallpaper is ready for scraping (but not always) due to a color change as the paper soaks up water.

After rolling your wallpaper a second time you can then start in a corner using the scraper to remove paper from the walls.

Vinyl wallpaper comes off easily, just pull the first layer of vinyl away then roll the paper underneath. Follow up by quickly scraping your wallpaper until it's completely removed.

Since the wallpaper is so old chances are it's just paper as oppose to vinyl. In such cases keep wetting your paper with the roller while scraping your old paper away. Continue wetting and scraping until the wallpaper is gone and your walls are clean of little paper chunks and pieces.

After the paper is removed use this page to eliminate your leftover glue or paste residue. A little skim coating help will also get the walls smooth, level and ready for paint.

Before you start your project keep in mind that not all wallpaper is easy to remove. You might want to do a test spot prior to tackling the entire room. If you find that your wallpaper doesn't come off easily, prime the wallpapered walls (with a recommended primer) then skim coat the walls with compound.

Other alternatives for un-movable wallpaper would be re-wallpapering, applying a texture or replacing the walls with a new plaster, drywall or wallboard surface.

Talk to your local paint or wallpaper dealer regarding tools, products and materials along with the proper wallpaper removal techniques.

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