Can You Paint Over Wallpaper?

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Can You Paint Over Wallpaper

Wallpapers can make any room comfortable and homey. That’s why many houses have them in the dining room and bed rooms. As much as we love a good wallpaper, we can’t deny that it is not pleasant to look at when it gets old and dirty.

When moving to a new home, or even just redecorating your own home, it can get really annoying trying to remove old wallpaper. If you have experienced this situation, you may have asked yourself if you can paint over wallpaper for a faster and easier solution. Well, the answer to that question is yes.

There are some things you need to consider before covering up an old wallpaper with paint. If you are planning to stay in the house for a long period of time, then stripping and painting over a wallpaper is worth your time and effort. However, if you want to paint over a small, temporary room like a rented office or a small bedroom, think twice before starting to strip because it will really take a lot of your time, money, and effort.

Stripping the wallpaper off the walls takes a lot of time and effort. Considering it could be very old, you have to be careful not to damage or poke any holes in the wall. If you have tried stripping the wallpaper to no success, the clear solution is to paint over it.

How to Paint Over Wallpaper?  

1. Use the Proper Gear  

Painting means you have to use chemicals that can affect your body when inhaled or touched. You need to protect your eyes, nose, mouth, and skin from anything  that might have a negative effect on it. Here is the proper gear for painting:

  • Closed shoes
  • Gloves
  • Hat
  • Goggles or glasses
  • Respiratory mask

You may think that using goggles and respiratory masks is too much for such a small task as painting, but this will actually be safer, especially for those who have asthma or lung problems.

2. Clean the Wallpaper-Covered Walls  

Since stripping down is clearly not a solution in repairing your walls, you have to use other methods to get rid of the wallpaper. You can use TSP (trisodium phosphate) to do the job for you. Mix the TSP and water in a bucket with a ratio of half a cup of TSP for every two gallons of water. Follow the instructions on the label to ensure safety.

Apply the TSP mixture to the wallpaper with a sponge and let it dry out. Once it has dried, use a damp rag to carefully remove the chemical and the wallpaper from the wall.

3. Add Adhesives in Every Corner Before Priming  

After going through the trouble of painting over the wallpaper, peeling layers may not be a sight to see. In order to avoid this, add adhesives in every corner of the wall, especially at the top and bottom. You can also use primer to lessen the chances of peeling and provide a smooth surface where the paint can really come out perfectly.

4. Let the Primer Dry  

At this point, you may rest for a while as you wait for the primer to dry completely. You can take this chance to sit for a moment and take a quick break from all the chemicals. You can check the label to be sure how much time the primer needs to dry.

5. Apply the First Coat  

The best way to paint over wallpaper is to use oil-based paint because they are great at hiding the wallpaper patterns and stains. You can treat the job like any other painting jobs you did in the past: use a paintbrush to perfectly paint the corners of the wall and then use a roller for the middle part.

Since you are covering up a wallpaper, you will need more than one layer of paint for your painting job.

6. Complete a Second Coat  

After letting the first coat dry completely, you can now proceed with the second coat. You may sand the walls for this step to lessen the imperfections that may still be lingering in the wall. Paint the top coat with the perfect stroke and cover up any sign of the wallpaper on your wall.

All in all, the best way to cover up an old wallpaper is to paint over it. There are a lot of rules and steps to follow to paint over a wallpaper, but if you do it right, your house will be perfect in any aspect. If you are looking for a professional interior painter to do all the hard work for you, Jeff Schultz offers the best residential painting in Sarasota, including wallpaper installation and removal services. Decorate your home and transform it with a fresh coat of paint or even a new wallpaper!

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