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Old 01-01-2009, 01:42 AM   #1
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Hello, I have a quic kquestion about painting over wallpaper. I live in a very old house, the bedroom has 3-5 layers of old wallpaper in it! Crazy, I know, but I have decided to primer and paint over it. It is a small room, maybe 150 sqaure feet, 15 x 9. I was wondering if I removed some of the newest wallpaper where it is coming off, and layered a few layers of primer down would it come out looking smooth or do I need drywall mud? Also how many coats of primer chould I use? And if possible an estimate on how many gallons needed for the job.

I was thinking 1 to 1.5 gallons of paint, and 1-2 gallons of primer.


Any help is greatly appreciated, Corey
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Old 01-01-2009, 06:45 AM   #2
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You are already willing to remove some of the paper where it is coming off.
Remove ALL the paper!
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Old 01-01-2009, 09:46 AM   #3
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The best way would be to totally remove the paper and wash the glue off the walls (thats very important) and then you can patch,sand, prime and paint. But that is hard work and time consuming.If most of the paper is on really tight and you really don't want to remove it then you can take a utility knife and cut out all the loose sections, then prime those areas with a latex primer, just 1 coat, and then apply a skim coat of joint compound to those areas using spackle knives to smooth.It may take 2-3 coats because it shrinks as it dries. After its totally dry then sand smooth.Caulk any gaps in corners, smooth with your finger and wet rag. Now prime the whole wall with 1 coat latex primer. Then your ready to paint.Hope this is helpful.


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Hello, I have a quic kquestion about painting over wallpaper. I live in a very old house, the bedroom has 3-5 layers of old wallpaper in it! Crazy, I know, but I have decided to primer and paint over it. It is a small room, maybe 150 sqaure feet, 15 x 9. I was wondering if I removed some of the newest wallpaper where it is coming off, and layered a few layers of primer down would it come out looking smooth or do I need drywall mud? Also how many coats of primer chould I use? And if possible an estimate on how many gallons needed for the job.

I was thinking 1 to 1.5 gallons of paint, and 1-2 gallons of primer.


Any help is greatly appreciated, Corey
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Seriously, remove all the paper
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Old 01-01-2009, 05:16 PM   #5
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Hey guys thanks for the help, I played with the wallpaper today and found it is around 6 layers deep, 2 of which are from my parents, and the rest the previous home owner. The house and its orginal foundation were built a very very long time ago, so the first layers are like cement on the drywall which is also very old. I think I am going to cover the bad spots, sand to smooth texture, and primer with an oild based type, paint with the smoothest added texture I can get away with.

If I removed the paper I would surely have to either replace alot of drywall, or mud the wall up with mutiple coats. I am not going to be living here for much longer 1-2 years, and cannot see that much of an undertaking.

Do you guys have a good recomendation for a smooth textured mixture?

Also what kind of primer do you recomend?


Thanks for the help, Corey
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Update! for anybody that cares. hah

I am now removing the wallpaper, the other half of the room appears only to have 2 layers, hot water and vinegar working great!

Thanks again
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For future reference
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Thanks for the update!
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