Cleaning GuidesHow to Clean Walls Before Painting
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Wallpaper can add a nice accent or a pop of colour to any room. It can be a fun interior design solution, too. However, its once beloved look might no longer go well with your new furniture. Or maybe you are just looking for a bit of change. We can all get stuck deciding between paint and new wallpaper for ages. But if you have ultimately decided on the latter, you may ask yourself – can I paint over wallpaper?
So, if you:
Then this article is for you!
Most professional painters will tell you that it’s essential to get rid of your old wallpaper before applying the paint. Still, there are situations that just won’t let you experience the satisfaction of ripping it off the wall. Sometimes the wallpaper paste is so stubborn that you have a better chance of just tearing the whole wall down.
Yes, you can! But there are some things that you should keep in mind before you start redecorating. The first thing you have to do is to check the type of wallpaper you have and the state it’s in. Some kinds are more suitable for painting over than others and the level of wear could mean that it’s better to rip it off beforehand.
Painting over textured or embossed wallpaper can be tricky if you’re aiming for a smooth finish. If that’s the case, a skim coat can be applied over it. Keep in mind that this can be difficult if you are not a professional painter. Otherwise, painting over textured wallpaper without smoothing it out can add a fun, but simpler look to your walls.
There are standard and paintable types of vinyl wallpaper. If yours is the former, it is recommended that you remove it before painting the walls as the colour will not stick well to it. If this is not possible, you’ll need to prime and prepare the wallpaper well first.
Painting over wallpaper makes it even more difficult to remove. You should keep this in mind, as this will limit your options for redecorating your walls. Should you or another homeowner decide on ripping it off, this may be a problem. Consider whether you would want to sell the house in the future and what issues may arise from the painted wallpaper.
If you are unable to prime and prepare the wall beforehand, you should consider hiring a professional to remove it. If it is not of the paintable sort and you decide to paint over it with no preparation, the glue may seep through the paper into the paint and bubbles could form underneath. This would make for an unpleasant looking wall and a few hours of your time wasted.
Before getting to the task at hand, you should always prepare the room for painting. This will help you to avoid making a mess and keep your belongings safe from harm.Move all furniture away from the walls.
Now that the room is ready, it’s time to prepare the wallpaper. This will ensure you get the best results when you paint over it.
You need to know what you’re working with. Vinyl and textured wallpaper may need different kinds of preparation. The same goes for paintable and standard types. With a paintable wallpaper, you can get straight to work, whereas with standard ones there are a couple more steps.
If your wallpaper is starting to come off on its own, you should remove it before painting the walls. If you are dealing with loose ends, tears or holes, you can simply fix them. Here is how:
Before painting over standard wallpaper, you need to apply primer. It will act as a barrier between the paint and the paper, making the process easier and safer.
The best primer for painting over wallpaper is oil-based. You shouldn’t use the latex variety, as they contain water and can cause air bubbles to form. Oil-based primers don’t have that problem. Additionally, you can paint over them with any kind of paint you choose. Just remember to open the windows when working with oil-based products, as the smell can be overwhelming. It is recommended that you wear a face mask and gloves.
Apply the primer with a nap roller, using a brush to fill in corners and smaller areas. Let it dry completely – this takes about 4 hours. Should you choose to paint a light colour over a dark wallpaper, you may need more than one coat. Always allow the primer to dry before applying the next layer.
If you want to create a perfectly even base to work with, consider applying a layer of undercoat after the primer. It will smooth out the surface and provide an evenly coloured base for you to paint over with the top coat.
Now that everything has been prepared, here comes the fun part – painting the walls! When using an oil-based primer, the type of paint is up to your personal preference. The advantages of water-based paint are that it dries quickly and does not smell as strong as the oil-based variety. You can simply clean your tools with water afterwards, instead of using harsh chemicals.
If you have prepared the room properly, cleaning shouldn’t be a hassle. All you would need to do is remove the plastic covers, newspapers, and tape, and put the furniture back in its place. Still, accidents happen. So, if some runaway paint has made its way onto your floor, here are some tips on how to get paint stains out of your carpet.
Don’t forget to clean your painting tools as well. For water-based paint, simply wash your brushes, rollers and tin with water. For oil-based paint, use turpentine or the recommended type of solvent to wipe your tools and rinse them with water and dish soap.
If you don’t have the time or are unsure what would be best for your home, you can hire professional decorators to handle all the hard work.
Fantastic Services offers a painting service that can help your walls look neat and fresh. The painters are equipped with all the tools they will need for the job and will make sure your home is left spotless afterwards.
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