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Need advice for painting over wallpaper

Old 12-10-11, 06:11 PM
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Need advice for painting over wallpaper

I know I know, it shouldn't be done. We just bought a new OLD house and have decided it would be best to paint over wallpaper. The paper doesn't have any imperfections really or isn't pulling loose or bubbling. My concern is that whoever hung the paper overlapped the seams. This will show after painting and I don't want that. Is there any way to hide those overlapped seams or fix them in any way?

I plan to use a shellac primer first to prevent the paper from coming off later.... I'm just concerned about the overlapping seams.

any help would be appreciated
Old 12-11-11, 04:57 AM
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Welcome to the forums!

You should be able to using spackling to blend in the seams. Pigmented shellac primer will work fine although an oil base primer will be just as good with a little less odor
Old 12-12-11, 11:09 AM
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It's been my experience paint makes imperfections in the wall more visible, not less so smoothing the wall with joint compound definitely sounds in order.

What's the reason for not removing the wallpaper?
Old 12-13-11, 11:14 AM
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Don't do it. Don't. Suck it up and remove the paper. If you won't do it for yourself do it for the next owner.

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