Preparing previously papered walls for painting
Hi, I hope this isn’t a daft question. I’ve removed some old wallpaper, removed as much old paste as I can, filled holes and sanded them flush.
I’ve now read that I need to prime the walls for painting. Some people say to use watered down emulsion. Others say oil based primer. What would you recommend?
You shouldn’t need to prime the walls, a thinned coat of emulsion will do. Your biggest problem is going to be contamination from any existing wallpaper paste though, which should be thoroughly washed off before painting – no amount of priming is going to help you with this, just elbow grease and plenty of warm soapy water.
Sometimes it can be so difficult to remove that the only way around it is to line the walls before painting, but see how you go?
Residue on walls after stripping wallpaper
After stripping wallpaper from walls there is like a mapping effect all over the walls is it possible to get a thick emulsion to cover this without plastering or re wallpapering the walls
I may be jumping to the wrong conclusion but….
When you remove wallpaper a lot of the adhesive will remain on the wall. You need to wash this off with warm soapy water, then rinse with clear warm water and allow to dry.
This should get rid of the marks you are referring to?
Wallpaper the chimney breast or alcoves?
I’m looking to wallpaper a section of my living room. The wallpaper I have picked is striped. Would you recommend papering the chimney breast, on which there is a TV & a fake fire, or the alcoves either side?
I’m concerned that if I paper the chimney breast itself, the whole thing may look too “busy”
I agree that papering the alcoves is the best idea.
The added advantage is that you won’t have to deal with the corners of the chimney-breast; they are often not perfectly straight and this presents a real problem keeping stripes vertical, even for a professional.
Hope that helps?