Interior Wallpaper – Remove Wallpaper Or Paint Over it
If you are considering removing wallpaper in your home with the intent to paint your walls afterward, there are a couple of things you might want to consider. It is always highly suggested that you remove the wallpaper first, but in some cases, it is not your only option. If you know that your wallpaper was put up correctly, or professionally done, then it is best to remove it. In these cases, the walls were sized before hanging the wallpaper. Sizing is a material that is applied to the walls before hanging the wallpaper to help it come down more easily in the future.
There are many ways to remove wallpaper. A steamer is a good way to go and can be purchased at paint and home improvement stores. There are also many products available to help with this process. The key after the wallpaper has been removed, is to make sure that all of the wallpaper adhesive has been cleaned from the wall. Another suggestion is to prime the wall with an oil primer before painting, to make sure that the wall is properly sealed.
If you aren’t sure how the wallpaper was put up, or you know that it was not done professionally, try a small area to see if it will come down easily. If the wallpaper is very tight and doesn’t appear weak anywhere, your other option is to paint over it. This works best if there aren’t any overlapping seams, and the wallpaper is very smooth and not textured. The first thing you want to do is score the wallpaper with a scoring tool. Then you coat the wall with an oil primer. The oil primer will soak into the wallpaper, as long as you’ve scored all the way through the paper. The oil primer will seal the wallpaper to the wall. Latex primers will not work because the water in the latex will actually loosen the adhesive. Once your oil primer coat is dry, usually 6 to 8 hours, sand the wall with a sanding sponge until smooth. If there are any seams that appear after the priming is done, lightly skim with a lightweight spackling compound and sand smooth when dry. You can then apply 2 coats of latex paint.