Yes, you can paint over your wallpaper

residential wallpaper paintingDo you have wallpaper throughout your house you want removed for a fresh coat of paint?

It doesn’t matter if you applied the wallpaper yourself or if you just moved into the house, chances are you have been putting off painting the walls simply because you do not want to deal with removing the wallpaper. After all, this takes all sorts of work and it might take you a long time to scrape off the wallpaper completely. However, this is not necessary. In fact, it is possible to paint over your wallpaper, you just need to know how to do it. This way, you can save time, energy and money and perform the task just like professional home painters.

So, instead of spending hours at a time peeling and stripping away wallpaper, simply follow these professional home painters quality steps to paint over your wallpaper.

The first step is to clean your wallpaper with TSP or a TSP substitute. TSP is short for tri-sodium phosphate and is an excellent cleaning agent. This will help to remove all the dirt, oil and grime that has accumulated over the years. Rinse well with water and a clean cloth. Give the wallpaper time to dry before moving on to the next step.

Next, you want to glue down any areas of the wallpaper that are loose. It is important to note that you should not paint over wallpaper with large tears and holes in it. This is because the paint is going to seep behind the wallpaper and cause it to bubble later. You will also leave areas that are raised above the rest of the surface area if you do so. That is why you need to avoid peeling any of the wallpaper. If there are loose edges at the seams be sure to glue this area back down.

After you have glued the areas, you want to make sure it is smoothed out as well as possible. You want to not only look over the wallpaper but feel it over as well. If you have any seams in between sections of the wallpaper, make sure to sand it down lightly with a file so the seam is smooth. You want to make it as smooth as possible in order to prevent any sort of raised edges after you paint. Additionally you will fill in any holes you find with spackle. After it dries completely you will sand it down to make sure the surface is smooth using 120 grit sandpaper. When done wipe off all the dust.

Once you have gone through and smoothed out all of the seams and holes, you are ready to paint on your first coat of primer. Before priming the surface, be sure to tape of any edges such as windows and baseboards. An oil based primer is best. After the primer is dry you can give it another light sanding. Wipe off the dust again and feel for any damaged areas that might have been missed.

Now you are ready to apply your top coat of paint to the wallpaper and it is going to stick nicely. In fact, after a single coat you are not going to be able to notice any of the previous wallpaper. After the paint is dry, remove your tape and inspect your work. You will now have a nicely painted wall without all the mess and hard work of removing wallpaper.

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