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Old 01-28-09, 07:39 PM
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I have a mobile home and most mobile homes have some type of wallpaper in every room, was wondering If I can paint that type of wallpaper and if anyone has any tips? thank you for your help.
 
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Is it really wallpaper? Or, is it decorative paneling that looks like wallpaper? Many of the older mobile homes had paneling on which there was a pattern stamped so the panels looked like wallpaper. If you are not the original owner, it is possible that a previous owner wallpapered over the paneling. Check carefully to see if there is a seam that is raised or coming undone. Find a corner to see if you can lift any wallpaper. If you do, indeed, have wallpaper, it needs to be removed.

The panels likely have plastic strips between them. Lazy wallpapers often paper over these. The plastic strips can be removed and the gaps filled with spackle. When dry, sand smooth.

Removing wallpaper requires a little patience. You can buy a paper tiger, a little gizzo that punctures little holes in the paper, at the local paper/paint store. The more holes the better. Put a tablespoon of fabric softener in a quart spray bottle of water. Saturate paper. Use a putty knife to lift and peel off. Wash walls down afterwards to make sure all adhesive residue is removed.

After you have removed wallpaper or have determined that you simply have decorative paneling, you need to very lightly sand, apply oil-based primer and apply a couple coats of latex paint.

In the following video, the painter used a tinted acrylic primer. DIY: How To Paint Paneling - Danny Lipford
 
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Most of the MHs built in the last 25 yrs [?] use 1/4" drywall with a printed vinyl face instead of the tradional paper face. Do not try to strip this type of "wallpaper" !!!

If this is what you have, you should clean and then coat the walls with a solvent based primer. You can then apply your choice of paint. I'd suggest using a satin or eggshell latex enamel.
 
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There is no paneling on walls we are original owners and MH was manuf. in 1994. checked seams and paper is on drywall. Thanks for all your help marksr. I think I will try to paint and hope for the best!!
 
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Painting Paper

If it is paper and it is stuck on there pretty good, we sometimes perforate the paper with a paper tiger, perforating tool, and prime with oil. This will seal the paper to the wall. Once the primer is dry, the next day, lightly sand the the little pieces of paper that stick out from using the tool. Then skim any seams that you see, and after sanding them, you can put on your two coats of latex paint. Good Luck!
 
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MHs utilize a printed vinyl face that is inplace of the normal paper face on regular drywall. This "wallpaper" should not be removed! There is no need to score this type of paper prior to priming. If you were successfull at removing it, you would be left with bare gypsum. Of course if the walls were papered over the original vinyl - that would require removal using the steps listed above.
 
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