Painted wallpaper ceiling looks like parched earth!

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Old 12-05-15, 04:00 PM
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Painted wallpaper ceiling looks like parched earth!

I bought an old house that was last updated in the 50's. The walls and ceiling are covered in wallpaper that has been painted.

I tried to paint the ceiling today using Sherwin Williams Eminence ceiling paint- it's a flat acrylic latex paint. I put on one coat of paint and the finish was terrible... it looked like cracked, parched earth (I tried to upload a picture but it wouldn't work). I thought it would look better once I did the second coat, and it did initially after application.
However, after a couple of hours it has dried to look the exact same way as the first coat... lines criss-crossing and spider-webbing out.

I've spent so much time on this project today so I'm feeling discouraged... Is there any paint I could use to cover over these two coats and make the finish even out? How do I fix this?
 
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Are the walls & the ceiling plaster or dry wall? If they are plaster, it is fairly easy to remove the wall paper. Dry wall is another story.
 
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Its plaster and we've repaired and repainted other walls by doing that but the paper and ceiling is in good shape here so I'd rather not do that...
 
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Upload your pics, to photobuket.com

If the paper is in such good shape, why do you think that you are having problems with the paint?
 
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The ceiling should have been primed prior to your paint application. You might have some success using a quality primer sealer now, which will give the top-coat ceiling pant something to bite to without crazing. Two coats of primer might be needed to hide the cracking.
 
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Primer or paint alone doesn't generally hide cracks. One of the main reasons for paint to crawl on any given substrate is a surface contaminant. I'd suggest sanding some of it and see what happens.

btw - how well wallpaper strips doesn't really depend on plaster versus drywall but how well the substrate was sealed before it was papered.
 
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Wallpaper sucks. I'd remove it and start over.
 
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