Painting over Wallpaper

Painting over wallpaper is an easy way to achieve a
fresh look.

You don't necessarily have to remove your old wallpaper to
paint your walls a different color.

Removing wallpaper—especially if it's been on the walls for
years—can cause unexpected damage to your walls.
But
if it's in good condition and has no signs of adhesion
failure, there's no reason to invest a lot of time and effort
in removing it before painting your walls.
Also, by leaving the wallpaper in place, your walls will stay in
their current condition, and you'll be able to start painting
without delay.

Prep before Painting

It's vital to prepare your walls carefully before painting. Follow these simple steps to ensure the best results:

•Start by replacing any damaged sections and adding adhesive to loose pieces to minimize the chance the paper will fall.

•Add a thin line of clear caulk around the perimeter of the walls, at the joint seam where the paper meets the floor and
ceiling. This will help seal the edges and keep the paper from peeling after you've painted.

•Cover heavily textured paper with a thin coat of joint compound (spackle).
This material will help smooth out the surface so that the texture won't show through the paint.

•Gently sand down the seams of the wallpaper so they're not too noticeable.

•Apply a coat of  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. We recommend using Benjamin Moore's Fresh Start®.

•The wallpaper is now ready for painting. Because the moisture in latex paint can sometimes loosen wallpaper glue,
causing bubbles or peeling, you should use our recommended paint.

Enjoy your freshly painted room.

Speak to one of our paint specialists at LaMotte's for additional help in choosing the right paint.  
Also, we have a professional
"Interior Decorator" on staff.
.
We will help you find that perfect hue and great color combination for your project.
LaMotte's Paint & Glass  Devils Lake ND
301 4th Street NE
Devils Lake, ND 58301
1-701-662-4976
1-800-726-8014
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