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Old 01-24-2009, 10:54 AM   #1
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We are painting are bathroom and removed 3 layers of wall paper and some of the wood under neath that. Do I need to remove the wall paper from all the walls to have the same look or would you just leave them if they are ok. We are painting with BM collection dark green.

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Old 01-24-2009, 11:17 AM   #2
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I'll give you my green painted walls for 1/2 price.

Several yaers ago my wife was going to strip and repaint our bathroom with her sister while I was away on a business trip. I came home and found very fine seams in the paint... from the wallaper underneath. I was livid. Then I found out she hired someone to do it while she hung out with her sister... who's plane ticket was on my tab.
He was a pro painter, one we had used before and exceptionally good but my problem now is we want to change the green and it's going to be even tougher to strip. Because it was a high humidity room he opted for outdoor oil based paint.
Do it right do it once! Strip it and start fresh

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Old 01-24-2009, 12:13 PM   #3
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you can rent/buy wall paper remover steamer. and buy a 4" wide spatula thing. works good.
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Remove the wallpaper
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Because it was a high humidity room he opted for outdoor oil based paint.
Do it right do it once! Strip it and start fresh

If he used an exterior paint AND painted over the wallpaper,he was not much of a pro.IMO
Strip the paper
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I am in the process of stripping and painting almost every room in my house. I am not onto the Kitchen. Stripping wallpaper isnt the hard part, Fixing the walls before you paint is the nightmare. I have skim coated most of the walls I have done, its easier then tryign to find and patch all the little imperfections. It takes a lot of time but is well worth it in the end. I went to home Depot and bought a $39 wall paper steamer, works great
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Old 01-29-2009, 03:32 PM   #7
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As tedious as it may be, it's best to remove the wallpaper. Those steamers work nicely.

Depending on how old the wallpaper is and how well it was hung, eventually the seams will begin to show through the paint, especially on bathroom walls. This happened to me, and I'll never paint over wallpaper again!

Note: In othererooms, painting over wallpaper can lead to problems if, as in my previous house, the house eventually "settles" here and there. Then you get sagging and fold-looking wrinkles through the lovely paint job you did.

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