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Posted 2013-05-26T18:07:35+0000  by crtr52 crtr52

The best way to approach this project is by applying a coat of oil based primer to seal the surface and prevent any 'leaching" of glue from the wallpaper. 


1-Gal. Oil-Based White Original Sealer, Primer and Stain Blocker  Cover Stain 1-Gal. High Hide Primer  1-Gal. Oil-Based White Odorless Primer



After the primer is dry - sand the walls and apply drywall patching compound over any inconsistent areas.  One trick is to shine a light over the wall surface to see spots that are hard to find.

Posted 2013-05-26T20:18:03+0000  by Kevin_HD_ATL

If the wallpaper has already been painted over, any higher end latex primer will work.  No need to go to oil if it had a coating over it.  If you are looking to paint over wallpaper, don't.  Hire a professional or remove it yourself.  You are only asking for trouble in the long run painting over wallpaper.  It will eventually peel and a cause more problems.

Posted 2013-05-26T21:17:53+0000  by sully9er

Hello crtr52!


Just to clarify, the adhesive on the back of wallpaper is most often water-based.


Like Kevin suggests, paint or priming with just water-based products offer the glue the opportunity to "rewet" and then bleed through the surface ... a brown paste that often shows up eight-months to a year later.


Like Sully suggests, if removing the wallpaper is beyond your ability (or desire), hire a professional for the project. In my opinion, covering wallpaper creates too many potential future problems to be worthwhile.


This is one of those repairs that very few people enjoy, so measure the value of this project and then take steps toward the longest lasting results ... assuming you intend to stay in the home.

Posted 2013-05-28T13:39:31+0000  by Pat_HD_ATL
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