Published on July 2nd, 2012 | by Grant Barnard0
Can I Paint Over Wallpaper
First: Is It Easier To Paint Over The Wallpaper Or Remove It
If the wallpaper has a vinyl coating that you can rip off to find grey or brown paper behind it, then you will be better served by just removing it. Read our article on Removing Vinyl Wallpaper. If the wallpaper rips off the wall behind it in chunks, or does not peel off, then painting over the wallpaper is the most efficient way to taking care of your wallpaper nightmare.
Asses the state of the wallpaper
Generally speaking if the wallpaper has more than just a few corners peeling, you will need to fasten down the edges and corners with glue.
Apply the first coat
The best way to start is to first apply a coat of BIN Primer or Shellac Primer (same thing). This is an alcohol primer so wear a mask because it stinks bad. The alcohol primer dries quickly so it will not loosen the wallpaper. You can skip this step if the paper does not take on liquid fast and go to the S
An oil or alkyd primer is best but an acrylic primer is best water based option. This will make sure that no more moisture can get through to the wallpaper adhesive and release it later on.
If you DO get bubbles from painting over wallpaper
This does happen and is very annoying. Some may suck down as the paint coat fully dries but it is better to just take care of it so it never comes back. Simply cut out the bubble with a knife, then patch it with a patching materials of choice. Let fully dry sand and re-seal with primer. You may also need to apply some to the creases or other imperfections at this point also. Topcoats We all know even with the best paint a dark red will still take at least two coats. You can use a waterborne paint over the wallpaper at this point. Paint what ever color you want and enjoy. Using two coats of a good quality paint will give much better results than trying to do it with one single coat.