paint wallpaper: technical and pitfalls

Painting over wallpaper: technical and pitfalls

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A stroke of brush or roller to paint wallpaper ? If the idea seems simple, the experience can quickly turn into a nightmare. For starters, is the operation possible? How to prepare to paint the wallpaper? How to choose his painting? Yes, many elements come into consideration for his wallpaper and paint are many questions. Before you take the plunge, discover our advice.

Poor walls, wallpaper not to take off, want to change the decor without major work? Painting over wallpaper is a very attractive proposition. Despite the apparent ease, these small paint jobs require some preparation and precaution. Side House gives you five ways to start off right, and points you to the mistakes to avoid before repainting wallpaper throughout the house ...  

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1. Think before painting the wallpaper

Before grabbing your brush or paint roller, look wallpaper to paint with a professional eye. Several factors must be taken into account. For example, the color of the wallpaper is dark, it will take more layers. The condition of the paper is also noteworthy and cleanliness. If the surface is not healthy, it must be remedied. The material (velvet, vinyl ...) also determines the sequence of steps. Check if the wallpaper is flat or in relief and if it shows blisters. So many elements to consider well. 

2. Prepare your wallpaper before painting

The wallpaper painting surface must be impeccable. In other words, clean, smooth and dry. Depending on the material, have a brush or above leach wallpaper using a sponge slightly wet then pass a dry cloth. The brush of the vacuum also helps to get rid of the dust encrusted. Particular attention is to wear at the edges of the strips and connections that need to be clean. Once the net surface, then cover the edges that could lift with a leveling compound. If one of the strips peeling off, it's time to pick.  

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3. It does not skimp on the paint

paint wallpaper: technical and pitfalls

On an ordinary wall, two coats of paint are often necessary. This is especially true for painting over wallpaper. For a correct result, have at least two layers, or three if the nature of the paper asks. The paint quality is important because it will allow a better grip. Moreover, the under layer should be thin to allow the adhesion of the paint subsequently. If it is too thick, dilute the paint with a little water. Finally, follow the indicated drying time and verify that the wall is dry before each layer. 

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4. Acrylic or glycero: what to choose paint over wallpaper

Between acrylic paint (water) and oil-based paint (white spirit), a real match is played. Acrylic painting has the advantage of hide imperfections and reduce the relief if the wallpaper is not smooth. However, it may be less suitable for wallpaper because the water contained in the paint may dissolve the glue paper and loosen it. The oil-based paint, it has a time longer drying but adheres better. It is therefore recommended for substances of washable wallpaper like vinyl. Again, consider the quality of the wallpaper before you decide.  

5. Test the paint on a piece of wallpaper

Because each situation is different and that the proper conduct of the operation depends on the wall, wallpaper, glue used, etc ... the most prudent is to perform a test before starting to paint all your wallpaper. In a corner of the wall paint or behind furniture, skip least two coats of paint. Blisters may appear but disappear as fast drying. However, if the wallpaper peeling or if it rubs off on painting, you just have to pull any ... 

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