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October 06 2013


Quick Guide To Paintable Wallpapers

The first thing you have to understand before I continue with this article is that if you're a novice when it comes to painting and don't have too much skill with some of the common hand tools of painting, you will probably be a lot better off hiring a professional to paint paintable wallpaper for you. 

Even though this procedure isn't too complicated to understand it does require a certain degree of practice before you can get it spot on. And why wouldn't you want your walls to be spot on? 

That being said, here are a few tips for those of you that are brave enough of risking painting paintable wallpaper on your own: 

1. Preparation 

The first you need to do is to examine the wallpaper you are going to be using and cut off any curled or loose edges. You will find most of these edges at the top & the bottom of the wallpaper and you can use a drywall knife to cut them off. You may even find some curled edges in the crown molding & the seams. Get rid of all of these loose and curled edges. Then you need to fill all the cut away parts of the wallpaper with joint compound for your drywall. Fill all of the recessed portions with joint compounds with the help of a taping knife and then wipe all of the surrounding parts of the wall clean by simply increasing the angle of the taping knife. 

This'll ensure that the compound stays in the recesses and keep the surrounding areas clean too. Remember to apply an additional coat of joint compound once the first coat dries. After the second coat dries as well, you need to feel all of the patches by rubbing them with your fingers to ensure that every patch is level with the wall. A simple thumb rule you can follow is if you feel it, you will see it. And when you are satisfied with the patchwork then you can use a damp sponge to wipe any unwanted joint compound from the areas around your patches. 

2. Priming 

The main purpose of priming a surface is to form a sort of barrier for moisture in between the fresh paint and the adhesive of the paintable wallpaper. Most adhesives tend to be water soluble & if you do not prime the wallpaper surface using a good primer, you may loosen the wallpaper adhesive while painting it and this will lead to the creation of bubbles and may even force the wallpaper to separate.

3. Painting 

Now, all you have to do is take the paint which you have selected and apply it over the wallpaper. You can apply as many coats as you see fit to help cover the primer. You could also consider tinting your primer at any paint store to ensure that it doesn't cause any coverage issues with your final coat. 

And just like that, you would have painted paintable wallpaper. But if you feel that this process involves too much work, like I said in the beginning, just hire a professional.

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