Painting over wallpaper

A fresh coat of paint is a great way to transform a room’s look. But, it’s often necessary to remove wallpaper first. The question is: Can you paint over wallpaper?

Although we almost always recommend removing wallpaper first, it is only sometimes possible or even necessary. Sometimes wallpaper can be a fast, safe, and effective way of bringing life to a space. This guide will provide advice and tips on how to paint wallpaper over. We’ll cover:

Can paint over the wallpaper?

It’s possible to paint wallpaper with the proper preparation. While removing the wallpaper first is recommended, there are better ways to go. If the wallpaper is stuck over plastered walls, it can cause damage to the wall below.

Removing layers of wallpaper takes longer than just applying paint. Sanding is also necessary to make sure the surface is free from blemishes. Removing wallpaper is an easy way to update walls.

Before you paint over wallpaper, here are some things to remember

There are several things you need to remember before painting wallpaper. You need to inspect the wallpaper and check which kind of paper it is. Continue reading to learn more.

Is the wallpaper in good shape?

Before you paint wallpaper, it is important to inspect its condition. It is better to remove any visible chips or holes and start over. It should also be removed if it is loose, ripped, or damaged by mold. These issues will only get worse if you try to cover them with wallpaper. You will save time, money, and effort by removing the paper instead.

Are you planning to redecorate soon?

It is recommended to paint the wallpaper over only if you are planning to redecorate it shortly. Paint can be difficult to remove, and could cause damage to plaster or drywall beneath. If you live in an older building with exposed brickwork, be cautious about painting it over.

Are you moving into a new house recently? It’s best to get rid of wallpaper immediately if you plan to live there for a while.

Is it possible to paint over textured wallpaper?

Can you paint over patterns? It is not recommended as the pattern could show through the paint. If you love the texture of textured paper but want to change the color, follow our easy steps for painting wallpaper. Choose a matte lacquer to do this. Remember to clean up any stain that has accumulated in the grooves.

Vinyl wallpaper can be painted over

Vinyl wallpaper can be painted over if you use a paintable type and apply an oil primer before. An oil-based primer will help the paint adhere to the paper and allow for smooth application.

How to paint wallpaper over

These four steps will make it easy to paint over wallpaper like a pro.

Step 1: Prepare the space

Preparing the space before you begin any other tasks properly is essential. This includes moving all furniture out of the room, including couches, chairs, and tables.

Cover any furniture you cannot move in the middle of your room with a dustsheet. Lay dust sheets on the floor, across all surfaces, and then apply painter’s tape around the room’s edges.

Step 2: Prepare your walls

Next, prepare the walls. Locate any wallpaper pieces that are missing and glue them down with adhesive. A filler can be used to repair cracks or holes in the wallpaper.

Top tip: Apply a thin layer of Dulux Decorator Centre Decorators Caulk to the perimeter of walls to seal any air leakage

The next step is to clean the walls. This cannot be easy. There is a danger of wallpaper being damaged with too much moisture. You should use sufficient water to clean the wallpaper thoroughly. We recommend using mild detergents and sponges for the best results. Before drying the walls, rinse the detergent thoroughly with cold water and a clean towel.

You must ensure that the wallpaper is free from dust and debris. Otherwise, the paint will not adhere properly. Our range includes a variety of high-quality cleaning products.

Step 3: Prime your walls

Apply a primer to the walls. This will give them a smooth finish. Avoid water-based primers as they can penetrate the wallpaper and cause damage. Instead, use an oil-based primer.

The Zinsser Wallpaper cover-up is a great product. This all-in-one primer, sealer, and stain blocker protects wallpaper against moisture and makes it easy to apply paint.

Step 4: Start painting

Before you apply paint, wait until the primer has dried completely. Painting a wall is the same process as painting a blank wall. Check out our video for more information.

Before you use your paint, make sure to give it a stir. Use a paintbrush to cut around the walls’ edges. Take extra care around doors frames and skirting boards. Next, apply paint to the remainder of the surface using a roller, working in sections.

Before applying the second coat, wait until the first coat has dried completely. You will usually need two coats of paint, but you can apply more to achieve the look you desire.

How to remove wallpaper painted

You can easily remove wallpaper that you have previously painted using our three easy methods.

The fabric softener technique

This simple method involves mixing one part fabric softener with three parts warm water. Spray the entire wall with the mixture in a spray bottle. Let it sit for about 15 minutes, then use a scraper and gently peel off the wallpaper.

White vinegar method

White vinegar is a powerful tool for removing stubborn wallpaper. Fill a spray bottle with equal amounts of white vinegar and warm water, and give it a shake. Spray the solution on the walls, and let it dry for 15 minutes. Then grab a scoring tool to remove the paper.

Steamer method

Wallpaper steamers are a useful tool for removing old wallpaper from walls. The steamer works by heating hot water and pushing steam through layers of paper to loosen the adhesive. The paper can be easily ripped off by you. Use a steamer to start at the top and work your way down. To collect any pieces, it’s a good idea for you to place a dust sheet on your floor.

Wallpaper is an easy way to give your walls new life. Our guide will help you apply wallpaper to walls. How to hang the paper correctly. You can also browse the rest of this site. Dulux Decorator Centre blogs For more design tips and techniques, click here.