painting over wallpaper isnít the best option,
sometimes itís the only option.
what youíve heard: Itís possible to paint over all
wallpaper ó and not just the paintable type.
itís always preferable to remove wallpaper before
painting, itís not always possible. Sometimes, youíll
find layer upon layer of wallpaper, or removal will
cause significant wall damage, says Jeff Sellers, owner
of Merrifield Paint and Design of Arlington,
some of these older homes, when you start pulling paper
off you really donít know what youíre getting
into," Sellers says. "You can get the paper
off and find the wall is damaged, and thatís why they
put the wallpaper up. You never know why people put up
says the type of wallpaper is a good indicator of
whether it will come off easily. Paper-backed wallpaper
is more difficult to remove than vinyl. Youíll likely
need to use a scoring device and adhesive remover, which
may prove laborious and result in possible wall damage.
to paint over wallpaper
may be tempted to slap some paint on the wall, but thereís
more to it. Without proper preparation, the wallpaper
will eventually lift and begin to show through the paint
ó and look like painted over wallpaper.
to experts, the wall should be clean and dust free.
Remove all loose ends. If unable to remove, glue or cut
away, spot prime and fill holes with spackle. Prime the
wallpaper with an oil-based primer and skim the
wallpaper with drywall mud to cover seams from the
wallpaper and create a smooth wall. After skimming, sand
the wall and prime again. Be sure the wall is dust free
before applying paint.
matters is that you use an oil-based primer to seal the
wallpaper," says Carlos Mendoza of Carlos
Mendoza Painting, in Spring, Texas. "Thatís whatís
going to seal the wallpaper."
youíve prepped the wall, Mendoza recommends using
satin finish paint instead of flat, which is porous. If
you prefer, you can use flat paint. However, because itís
porous, flat paint holds dirt and is difficult to clean.
satin finish does show imperfections, but as long as you
keep the texture consistent, you should be OK,"
before you paint wallpaper
bubbling, lifting or other issues with the wallpaper by
testing a couple of spots and allowing to dry completely
before painting the entire wall, Octave Villar, manager
of Behr application laboratory in Santa Ana, California.