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Painting over existing wallpaper can give your walls a totally fresh look.
Provided the surface area is in good condition, you may be able to paint the walls without having to remove the old wallpaper.
Removing wallpaper, especially very old ones can cause or expose unpredicted damage to your walls. But if the surface is in good condition with no signs of loos wallpaper, there’s no reason in removing it before painting the walls.
Prep before Painting
It’s very important to prepare the surface carefully before painting. The following simple steps will ensure the best results:
• Replace any damaged sections by adding adhesive to peeling pieces to minimize the chance the paper will fall.
• Add a thin line of clear printable caulk around the edges of the walls, at the joint seam where the paper meets the floor and ceiling. This will help seal the edges and keep the paper from peeling after it has been made wet by the paint.
• Heavily textured wallpaper should be covered with a thin coat of plastering compound. It will help give the surface a smooth look and the texture won’t show through the paint.
• Sand down the seams of the wallpaper and produce an even surface.
• Use one or more coats of oil-based primer to the entire surface. This helps seal the adhesive within the paper and away from the moisture in the paint. Let it dry for at least 48 hours. The wallpapered surface is now ready for painting.
You think you lack patience? dexterity? or simply have no time ? then call a professional painter form reputable painting companies such as A1 Paintext Painting Company of Kitchener Waterloo (KW).