• How to paint over wallpaper
    22 February 2018
    22 February 2018

    Did you know that you don't necessarily need to remove old wallpaper in order to paint your walls?

    Removing wallpaper that has been around for a number of years may created damage to your walls.

    The good news is, if your wallpaper is in good condition and is showing no signs of lifting off, then there's no reason to remove it before painting your walls.

    Like any project, preparation is the key to a successful paint job.

    Before you get started on this project, it is important to prepare your walls carefully before painting.

    Wallpaper being painted with a paint roller.
    Now follow these 6 easy steps to guarantee a great result:
    1. Locate and replace any damaged sections of wallpaper and by using small leftovers or buying a roll from your local Bristol Paint Specialist, then adding wallpaper adhesive to loose pieces to minimize the chance the paper will fall. In most cases modern wallpaper comes with self adhesive and is ready to put up.
    2. To keep the old wallpaper from peeling after you've painted it simply add a thin line of clear silicone or caulking around the edges of the walls where the wallpaper meets the floor and ceiling as this will help seal the edges.
    3. If your wallpaper has a heavily textured pattern, you can add a thin coat of something like polyfilla which is available at your local Bristol Paint Specialist. This will help to smooth out the surface and stop the texture showing through the paint.
    4. Gently sand the seams of the wallpaper so they're not too noticeable.
    5. Apply a coat of oil-based primer to the entire surface of the walls before painting. This helps seal the adhesive within the paper and away from the moisture in the paint. Ask your local Bristol Paint Specialist for the recommended product
    6. Once you have finished the above 5 easy preparation steps, the wallpaper is now ready for painting. Ask your local Bristol Paint Specialist for the recommended product

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