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Painting Wallpaper – Why It’s Better To Remove!

Once you’re in the mood to tackle a home improvement project, it’s hard to slow down and do the prep work it takes to make the project successful. And custom paintingthat’s especially true if you want to make a change in a room such as custom painting.

Painting wallpaper is one of those home decorating techniques that sounds like it will save time and effort—but usually fails to deliver. There are several reasons for this. First, wet paint can loosen wallpaper adhesive. Although you may go to bed with a wall that looks great, you could wake up to strips of newly painted wallpaper lying on the floor. Unless the wallpaper is completely in-tact and free from damage, painting wallpaper increases the risk that it will fail and become unglued.

Second, some wallpaper is hard to cover up. This is especially true of dark, heavily patterned or textured wallpaper and along wallpaper seams. Even after several coats, painting wallpaper may not be able to hide the very thing you’re trying to get rid of. To be sure, try painting a small section of the wallpaper ahead of time. If the color bleeds through or if there’s an identifiable texture that you don’t want, it might be time to switch gears.

painting wallpaperFinally, painting wallpaper can take just as long as removing it. That’s because the prep work involved is extensive—particularly if the wallpaper is damaged or has raised surfaces that need to be eliminated. Before breaking out the paint brush, you’ll need to carefully check the entire surface for holes, bubbles and loose seams. Secure any loose pieces using wallpaper paste or glue, and consider applying caulk where the wallpaper meets the baseboard for good measure. If you don’t like the wallpaper’s texture or if you have noticeable seams, you’ll need to apply a thin layer of joint compound to the entire wall, wait for it to dry and then sand it lightly. After a good cleaning, you’re ready to apply primer and, finally, your paint color. With all of those steps to follow, you may be better off just removing the wallpaper to begin with.

It’s always tempting to take shortcuts when completing a home improvement project, but when it comes to painting wallpaper, it’s best to resist the urge. Take the time to remove wallpaper before you paint. Your finished product will be more attractive and longer-lasting—without all the aggravation.

Archie has made service, quality, and knowledge the hallmarks of The Paint Doctor since he started the company in Atlanta over 15 years ago. The company has grown every year, in up and down markets. No matter the scope of project, The Paint Doctor has become the painting contractor interior designers and decorators, commercial contractors, major construction firms, government agencies, and residential clients who value the excellent craftsmanship and service The Paint Doctor provides.

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