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wallpaper workaround (by #22 [MO]) Apr 21, 2019 2:10 PM
       wallpaper workaround (by NE [PA]) Apr 21, 2019 2:18 PM
       wallpaper workaround (by NE [PA]) Apr 21, 2019 2:21 PM
       wallpaper workaround (by DJ [VA]) Apr 21, 2019 3:27 PM
       wallpaper workaround (by DJ [VA]) Apr 21, 2019 3:28 PM
       wallpaper workaround (by AllyM [NJ]) Apr 21, 2019 4:47 PM
       wallpaper workaround (by Alan [CA]) Apr 21, 2019 4:58 PM
       wallpaper workaround (by small potatoes [NY]) Apr 21, 2019 6:14 PM
       wallpaper workaround (by Robert J [CA]) Apr 21, 2019 7:50 PM
       wallpaper workaround (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Apr 22, 2019 7:48 AM
       wallpaper workaround (by don [PA]) Apr 22, 2019 8:11 PM

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wallpaper workaround (by #22 [MO]) Posted on: Apr 21, 2019 2:10 PM

I've been saddled with some homes with wallpaper and had a brutal time trying to get it off the walls. I'm considering having a crew texture over it, rather than fighting with it. Can someone share with me their experiences with successfully doing this. Does the wallpaper need a killz sealer, etc? I need it to hold up and look good.



wallpaper workaround (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Apr 21, 2019 2:18 PM

That picture I sent you a month or so ago was Behr P&P eggshell white Marqee. Best quality of Behr right over the wallpaper. I've painted countless walls with paint right over wallpaper.

That being said, of all the times I've painted wallpaper, I've only had it bubble once. Could've been the age, the brand, the original installer, who knows. What I do know it that I've had enough success with it to not try to remove it anymore unless the drywall needs to be replaced for some reason. If there is some wallpaper peeling to start with, I will pull it off if it comes of SUPER EASY!!!

If it doesn't come off and wants to tear into tiny confetti sized pieces that will take a week to remove, I simply get a can of spray adhesive and glue that junk right back where it was.

I do this in rentals, no matter the grade: A,B,C, or D. I also do this in flips that are being sold to first time home buyers. I would not do this in the tier of 2nd time home buyers, because they are pickier.

We have also used thin mixed spackle in hoppers and sprayed texture over wallpaper as well as rough drywall and plaster/large walls. That is a good quick fix sometimes too.

I will only remove wallpaper as a last resort. --174.201.xx.xxx

wallpaper workaround (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Apr 21, 2019 2:21 PM

*plaster/lathe walls, not plaster/large --174.201.xx.xxx

wallpaper workaround (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Apr 21, 2019 3:27 PM

If it is securely adhered, I would also leave it. Use a good, bonding primer, then paint. --68.10.xxx.x

wallpaper workaround (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Apr 21, 2019 3:28 PM

In the area where you have already torn it up & made it rough, give it a skim coat of drywall mud first --68.10.xxx.x

wallpaper workaround (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Apr 21, 2019 4:47 PM

Not sure if texture will stick but texture is horrible. it holds dust and cobwebs and is hard to clean. Dust settles in every little projection and valley. It will take a ton of paint to repaint it. Most more recent wallpaper comes off with a bucket of warm water and a sponge and scrape. I used washable strippable wall paper when I had six empty units at once due to a plant closing and no options to but up wallboard over bad walls. Eventually I took it down with sponge and warm water. Mostly I used it in bathrooms. If it's washable strippable it won't hold paint and will bubble off. --173.61.xxx.xx

wallpaper workaround (by Alan [CA]) Posted on: Apr 21, 2019 4:58 PM

I've painted over alot of wallpapers. It is critical to seal the paper with an oil base primer prior to the color coat.

A water base primer generally will bubble or lift the paper! --71.198.xxx.xxx

wallpaper workaround (by small potatoes [NY]) Posted on: Apr 21, 2019 6:14 PM

If you are sealing wall paper Gardz by zinnzer is great. Washes up with water unlike oil paint. If the walls are old skinny plaster and lath I'd go over them w/ 1/4 or 3/8 drywall. Just loosen the baseboard and door casing and slip it behind and you have new walls. --24.194.xx.xx

wallpaper workaround (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Apr 21, 2019 7:50 PM

If the wall paper has foil, not made up of paper, you will have to score the surface so when you steam it off or use chemicals it will penetrate the surface.

As Alan above said, you will need to prime using an "oil" based primer so it won't re-activate the water based glue. --47.156.xx.xx

wallpaper workaround (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Apr 22, 2019 7:48 AM


1st: rent a pro steamer. It can be easier than messing with creative solutions.

We’ve painted TONS of wallpaper.

We’ve spray textured tons of wallpaper. I prefer a light application over a primed surface.

Sponge painting?

Consider applying new wallpaper. It seems to be coming back, usually on accent walls. Grass paper, a wall of ship lap?

BRAD --73.102.xxx.xxx

wallpaper workaround (by don [PA]) Posted on: Apr 22, 2019 8:11 PM

If the paper is over old plaster on lathe, then most likely the paper is holding the old plaster together and when you spend many hours removing it the plaster will crumble. Over drywall, if the drywall was painted or sized (sealed) before the paper was installed you can get it off. If not, it is so bonded to the drywall paper you will never get it off.

I agree with the posters above who advise to use oil based paint to paint over the wallpaper. I have found that even oil based Kilz will bubble the paper if put on heavy.Use a thin knap roller and don't overload it. Several quick strokes, letting the paint air dry in between, or else it will bubble and maybe start pulling off onto the roller. --73.141.xxx.xx

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