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Posted by Chris on June 21st, 1998 10:01 AM
In reply to Painting over wallpaper by Heather on June 19th, 1998 02:09 PM [Go to top of thread]

I sort of agree with Henry, but you can get good results
painting over wallpaper. Problem is, it's just as easy to remove
the paper as to prep the wallpaper properly for painting. Here is what is

1. Remove any loose wallpaper sections.

2. Skim-coat areas where you removed loose paper with
joint compound.

3. Skim-coat all seams with joint compound.

4. Lightly sand skimmed areas

5. Prime with a pigmented shellac (Zinsser's B.I.N. is great).

6. After priming, you may find a few areas have bubbled up. Peel off
the bubbles, skim-coat those areas, and re-prime.

7. Paint with a good quality interior latex like Pratt & Lambert's Accolade or
Pittsburgh's Manor Hall.

Now, removing the paper could take as little as a few hours. I found this great
product by 3M at Home Depot. It's a green gel that comes in a gallon
jug. I just glopped it on my bathroom wallpaper (no scoring unless the paper is
vinyl-faced) and the paper peeled off in one big piece after letting the gel sit
for 15 min. Wipe the walls down with warm water after the paper peels off (to
remove residual glue) and you're done.

So, you CAN get good results painting wallpaper but it can be just as much work
as removing the paper. And when you remove the paper you will definitely not have
any problems later.

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