Wallpaper Q&A

Q: How do I paint over wallpaper?

A: First of all, we recommend removing wallpaper whenever you can before painting. If you have metallic wallpaper, it’s really got to go before you paint. If for some reason you can’t remove it, you should be able to paint over the surface by following the steps below if the wallpaper is in good shape.

Q:How do I paint over wallpaper?

A: First of all, we recommend removing wallpaper whenever you can before painting. If you have metallic wallpaper, it’s really got to go before you paint. If for some reason you can’t remove it, you should be able to paint over the surface by following the steps below if the wallpaper is in good shape.

  • Determine whether it is paper wallpaper or vinyl coated.
  • If paper—apply oil base primer coat; If vinyl—scuff/sand surface with sandpaper.
  • Remove any sanding dust with a tack cloth or damp clean rags.
  • Let dry.
  • Use an oil base primer, not a latex. A latex may reactivate the paste.
  • Paint. (In kitchens and bathrooms, use a semi-gloss finish.)

Q: Do you have any good brush tips?

A: Brush tips:

  • Clear out any loose debris on the dry brush by striking the flat side of the brush against the palm of your hand.
  • Dip the bottom 1/3 of the bristles into the paint and tap lightly on the side of the can. This should load your brush with just the right amount of paint.
  • Always maintain a “wet edge”—in other words, paint from unpainted areas into wet, painted areas.
  • If you’re using oil-based paint, drag your brush across the surface several times for a smooth finish; if you’re using latex, one or two strokes will do the job—anything more could leave brush marks.

Q: Do you have any good roller tips?

A: Roller tips:

  • Before using new roller covers, remove any excess lint by running a lint brush or masking tape over the cover.
  • If you’re using latex paint, lightly dampen the roller cover with water before you begin to paint. This helps the new cover absorb the paint evenly.
  • Pour a small amount of paint into a roller tray. Dip your roller into the paint and roll back and forth to remove excess paint.
  • Roll your first stroke in the shape of a 2-foot “W.”

Q: Any tips on Painting Ceilings?

A: Paint the ceiling.

  • TIP: If you’re painting the walls, don’t forget the ceiling. Seriously—it’s amazing the difference a clean coat of paint or a new color can make.
  • Using a brush, paint a 2- to 3-inch wide border around the perimeter of the ceiling where it meets the wall.
  • Next, use a roller with an extension handle to finish up.
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