Just a small question, is it possible to paint over wallpaper. I have no
problem in removing the old wallpaper. But if I did not have to do it, it
would make the job easier.
Agree! I tried painting over old wallpaper when we first moved into
our house because I was in a hurry. Within a year had to peel paper
and repaint. Would have been faster and easier overall to do it right
the first time.
On Sat, 26 Jul 2003 23:31:57 GMT, Jeff Bulach wrote
I tried this a couple of times when I was young and innocent (read:
lazy and unwise). Poor results; I'd advise against it.
FWIW, when it was sound and thin paper -- not peeling and the thickness
of lining paper -- it worked OK, but it took a couple of extra coats of
paint to hide the pattern. After a sort-of-success with it, though, I
painted over some paper that had a vinyl finish (yeah: I know, I
know.....); we were there for another 3 or 4 years, and that paint
never properly dried.......you live and learn......
It's not the best thing to do.
==Perhaps, but there is now a paintable paper on the market. The paintable
paper I bought
for my kitchen backsplash is embossed as antique tin ceiling tile. I hung
the paper then applied 3 coats of high quality
gloss white paint. The paper is extrememly tight to the wall and looks and
feels just like tin tile. I wonder
if the OP could apply this paper over his old paper (if it is very tight to
the wall) and then successfully paint it. My paper
was easy to hang--perhaps easier than removing old paper. Just a thought.
Oh, yes: paintable, textured papers work very well; so does using a
lining paper and painting that. In all cases, though, adding a new,
paintable paper layer over existing layers is still a "second-best"
approach: I think we'd agree that it's better all round to strip off
old layers before adding new ones.
If it was me, the final decision would depend on how long I planned to
live in the place. For a touch-up/clean-up job that's only going to
last for a few years' tenancy, painting over the existing would
probably do well enough, but if it means having to strip the painted
layer of paper off in a couple of years to redecorate, the OP may as
well do the stripping now and get it over with......
===Quite true. As I was applying those coats of paint, I knew it was never
come off very easily. Anyone who does it should consider it a permanent
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