Can You Paint or Wallpaper Over Painted or Textured Wallpaper in Isla Vista, CA or is Stripping Needed?
As you look around your home there are many different projects that you might be thinking about getting underway. Some projects you probably know exactly what the next step is and you just need to get started. Other projects you may not be sure where to even start. If you have wallpaper in any of the rooms in your house that you do not want any more you may not know what you want to do next. There are many different options for you to consider to give your wallpapered walls a new look.
Can You Wallpaper Over Painted or Textured Wallpaper?
If your wallpaper is old and outdated you may just want to hang new wallpaper on top of it. In the last several years there has been a resurgence in wallpaper design. There are tons of trendy options on the market right now for wallpaper choices. If you want to skip the step of stripping your old wallpaper, it is an option. There are several steps that you will want to take to get your walls ready. Remove any nails that may be in your wall. Then wash your walls down with a solution of warm water and dish detergent. Let it dry completely. If any pieces of the existing wallpaper has bubbled or peeled you can use a utility knife to cut away those pieces. You can repair the indentations in the wall with nail hole filler. Once you are down with that you can put the wallpaper on like normal.
Painting Over Wallpaper
Another option is to paint over your wallpaper. If your wallpaper is in good condition and is still glued firmly onto your wall in all places, painting over your wallpaper is an option. If you decide to paint over it you will need to take time to prep the wall before you begin painting. First you will want to add some adhesive to any loose parts of wallpaper and glue it back down. Then add a thin line of clear caulking around the perimeter of your wall. This is an important step because it will help seal the edges of the wallpaper and keep the paper from peeling once you have painted. If your wallpaper is textured you will need to apply a thin coat of joint compound onto the wallpaper. This will help smooth the texture so it will not show through your paint. If your wallpaper is not textured you can skip this step. Next you will sand down the seams of the wallpaper so that you do not see them after you are done painting. You will need to apply a primer to the wallpaper before you paint the color you have chosen.
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The last option is to strip the wallpaper. If your wallpaper is torn, peeling, ripped, or bubbling this will be the option you should choose. Trying to paint or wallpaper over your wallpaper if it is in bad condition will not look very nice. Stripping wallpaper is a tedious process that can make even the most patient of homeowners go crazy! To remove wallpaper you will need to score, soak, and scrape the wallpaper repeatedly until it is all off. Most people dread this process. If you have decided to strip your wallpaper and do not want to do it yourself give McKays Painting a call. We provide wallpaper removal services that will help you stay sane.