After removing wallpaper, the walls may be in need of some repair before applying paint. To get started, you’ll need some basic tools, including sand paper and a hand sander, drywall mud, and a putty knife to get your walls smooth and ready for paint.
First, you need to repair any gouges or holes in the wall that have resulted from removing the wallpaper. Using your putty knife and drywall mud, fill in the holes and let them dry.
Now it’s time to sand the walls, removing paste and debris from the wall. Let’s break it down.
To ensure your walls look smooth and even with a fresh coat of paint, it’s important to take care when removing wallpaper paste from painted walls. To do this, you’ll need to sand the walls.
For smooth walls, use a hand sander and drywall sanding paper, smoothing over the rough areas that were repaired, while simultaneously sanding away at lingering paste or backing from the wallpaper. It’s always important to sand your walls, removing wallpaper glue to avoid that textured look once you paint for a high-quality finish.
Painting a wall that was wallpapered takes patience and care, and you’re not done after sanding.
Prepping a wall for painting after wallpaper removal involves cleaning the walls once the wallpaper is down. You must wash walls after removing wallpaper before painting, using warm water to clean any remaining debris.
If you skip this step, the dust from removing the wallpaper and sanding your walls will interfere with paint adhesion. Plus, this step will help prevent dust from getting around your home.