Two Painting Questions, How to over paper and cloth wallpaper?

Old 06-13-01, 12:37 PM
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I would really like to change the cloth wall paper in the bathroom of my condo -- I checked twice, it really is fabric, bright red print! Can I paint over this, and wouldn't primer help as this is really a bright red, yellow and green floral pattern!!

Also, I have paper wallpaper in the kitchen, how should I prepare the wall (for the bathroom too) in order to paint over it, it is a light pattern, but I would probably prime as well so as not to have so many coats of paint.

Old 06-14-01, 05:20 AM
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In my experience, you can paint over the fabric. Make very sure it's still well adhered. Red is actually a weak colour and will cover easier than you think. Unless you're using yellow, which is also "weak". Prime first, always a good idea.

I have never painted over wallpaper. Never will. Just not a good idea in my thinking. Some have, maybe they'll contribute here. Best to get a scoring tool, some DIF wallpaper remover, follow all intstructions to remove not only the paper but the adhesive as well. Prime with the appropriate primer, all mfg's make a primer now for use over previously paper'd walls. You might want to add a texture at this point. Prime before and after the texture process, then finish coat.

good luck, I'm sure some other pro's here will have some good advice as well.


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