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Painting over wallpaper

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10-12-05, 05:54 PM   #1  
Painting over wallpaper

I need to sell a condo that was my uncle's fast. It is an estate and I don't want to invest any money in it to fix it up. He was a smoker so I have to go in and paint all the ceilings and trim. There is also alot of wallpaper in the livingroom/dining room that I don't have the time to take down. What primer should I use to paint over it with? Should I spackle the seams?? Any advise is greatly appreciated since I need to sell it fast!

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10-12-05, 06:07 PM   #2  
You will need to use a fast drying oil base primer [like kilz] to both seal any smoke stains and to hopefully keep the latex top coat from loosening the wallpaper. Painting old wallpaper is always a little iffy because your betting that the moisture and the weight of the paint won't make it turn loose. Usually it can be successfully painted. Whether or not to address the seams will depend mainly on how they look.

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