Preparing Walls For Painting After Wallpaper Removal: What To Do and How To Paint?

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    It’s time to deal with those outdated, wallpapered walls. From learning all about how to paint over wallpapered walls to how to prep walls for painting after removing wallpaper, our experts at Oahu Pro Painters have the answers.

    Stripping Wallpaper to Paint Walls

    Preparing wallpapered walls for painting requires fully removing the wallpaper, but stripping wallpaper to paint walls can feel like a daunting task. However, with the right tools and knowledge, you can have that old wallpaper off your walls in no time.

    First, you need to start by preparing your space. Remove all decor, curtains, and outlet covers, and tape plastic to the baseboard of your wall to protect floors. Additionally, purchase a drop cloth to further protect your space and make cleanup easier.

    Next, you’ll want to test the wallpaper’s adhesion by starting at the corner and peeling the wallpaper off the wall. If it doesn’t pull at the drywall beneath, you may be able to simply pull off the wallpaper.

    If it’s not coming off smoothly, you’ll need to make a solution using liquid stripper concentrate and hot water, which you will then spray on the wall to make the wallpaper come off easier.

    How to Paint Walls That Have Been Wallpapered?

    All you have left to do before painting your walls is prime them. This will not only ensure your wall is smooth and ready for a beautiful new hue but will protect the drywall underneath.

    Not ready to take on the task of fully removing wallpaper? There are some cases in which you can just paint over it, too. The steps for how to paint over wallpapered walls are simple if followed accordingly.

    Before painting over wallpaper, you need to ensure there are no lifted edges. If there are rips or peels, the wallpaper must be fully removed.

    Once you’ve determined the wallpaper is in good condition, prime the walls with an alkyd-based primer that will smooth the wallpaper so paint applies nicely. While this is the easier route, it’s not always the best long-term.

    The Perfect Finish Starts With You

    Breathe new life into your space. Entrust Oahu Pro Painters with your property and expect results of the highest quality.


    Whether you’re ready to take on the big project of removing wallpaper and then repainting walls, or are just looking to quickly paint over wallpaper, our experts at Oahu Pro Painters can help ensure your paint looks fresh and smooth. Contact us for more information!


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