How to paint over wallpaper

One of the options for changing the interior is painting over the wallpaper. Manufacturers offer smooth and structural coatings. Knowledge of the basic painting technique will help to achieve an amazing result.

What kind of wallpaper can not be painted?

It is important to keep in mind that not all wallpapers can be painted.

-single-layer paper wallpaper. It quickly gets wet and slides off the wall;

-vinyl wallpaper with a paper base;

-textile wallpaper;

-washable acrylic-based wallpaper-the paint dries poorly, it leaves streaks;

-photo murals.

What tools do we need?

The first and most important tool is a paint roller. The final result depends on it. The tips for choosing can be found in the corresponding section.

For the roller, you will need a tray with a squeezing grid.

You can dilute the paint in a pallet or any other container.

You will need a small brush to paint the corners, areas along the ceiling and floor skirting boards.

To cover the floor, windows, window sill, you need a film.

Skirting boards and small elements are sealed with masking tape.

A sponge to remove splashes will come in handy.

To work, you will need a telescopic handle for a roller, a stepladder, or a stool.

The technology of painting 

Painting of the wall does not differ from other painting works. The main thing is to choose the paint correctly, prepare the room and other equipment.

Preparation before painting

Before starting, it is necessary to prepare the room and the walls for painting. What you need to consider:

1)You need to paint the wallpaper only after the glue has completely dried.

2)Remove traces of glue from the wallpaper, otherwise, defects will pop up after painting.

Paints tend to dry quickly. It is recommended to pour a little into the tray and keep the jar with the paint closed.

3)The consistency should resemble liquid sour cream. Before using, mix it thoroughly until a homogeneous mass is obtained.

4)If you are not satisfied with the shade you can add color. The composition is prepared immediately for the whole room, otherwise, there might be different shades.

5)Wallpaper must be painted in at least 2 layers. An interval of 10-12 hours is required between work.

6)The optimal temperature for painting is 17-25°C.

7)You can not paint the wallpaper with the windows open — because of the draft, the sheets may fall off.

The painting process

When the tools and the walls are ready, you can start painting.

Step-by-step guide

1)Remove or cover the furniture with a film.
Doors, window sills, skirting boards should be covered with masking tape.

2)Immerse the rollers in warm soapy water, squeeze and rinse with clean water, or roll them on masking tape — there will be no villi on the surface to be painted.

3)It is recommended to start painting from above — with a small roller or brush to process 5-10 cm from the ceiling along the perimeter of the room.

4)Near the floor, the wallpaper should be carefully painted with a small roller or brush.

Relief elements should be painted with a brush.

5)Use a large roller to paint the wall from top to bottom, avoiding bubbles and drips. Do not hold the roller in one place.

6)If necessary, apply a second layer (after the first one has dried).

7)After the paint dries, the walls can be covered with an acrylic colorless varnish that will protect them from contamination.

8)Using a rag, remove the splashes, rinse and dry the brushes and rollers.

Wallpaper painting is an opportunity to transform the interior in any style. Proper preparation and selection of the material guarantee a spectacular result. Wallpaper for painting can be repainted repeatedly, which saves the budget when implementing creative ideas.

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