It is a modern trend to decorate the houses with wall papers. The unique, stylish, memorable designs are provided by the suppliers for an inspirational look. The interior decorators use a wide range of sober, multi color, and superb designs and even they arrange to print family photos for the purpose. When these papers get old and are disfigured renovating becomes inevitable.
Home re-modelers recommend removing all the wallpapers as it seems a quick option but it is not a practical remedy as the wallpapers firmly stick on to the walls, difficult to remove, so the better solution to the problem lies in applying paint over the wallpapers.
If one says that the wallpapers were in good condition and he applied 2 to 3 coats of paint to camouflage the surface and it looked pretty nice. But it is dependent upon the type of wallpaper you use, whether it’s cloth, paper or vinyl. Moreover, is it textured? These factors will determine what type of paint is needed. It is imperative to select the right sort of paint for textured surface to make it flat and smooth.
Types of Vinyl Papers
There are two kinds: (1) Standard (2) Paintable.
The standard vinyl paper is manufactured without any consideration of its painting later on and as such, very difficult to paint, the slick surface cannot get bonded properly when applying glue, and bubbles may also appear on the painted surface.
The paintable vinyl paper is specially manufactured for its painting if required afterwards. The glue maintains its grip and can be easily painted, without any hurdles.
Painting process is somewhat a tricky job but the following tips will prove useful for doing the needful.
Seams can be reduced by applying seam glue. After the edges get dried they should be properly sanded. The seams should be sealed at the bottom and top also so that wall papers may not turn away at the edges.
With a mild detergent and damp rags the wall papers be properly cleaned but don’t use watery cloth during cleaning process as it may slacken the grip of glue on the wall papers and there may appear bubbles.
Priming & Sealer Process
Next is priming which should be done after the wallpaper gets completely dried. The oil based primer can be used as adhesive between the paint and wall papers. A single thin coat of primer is given. If the color of vinyl is too much dark then you may apply some additional coats specifically when you are using light color for painting. Be careful to apply each coat after it is completely dried.
Preferably 2 coats of oil based paint should be used. Apply first coat thicker to avoid bubbling. After applying the first coat, wait for almost 24 hours so that it is dried completely. In order to achieve better results, slight use of sandpaper is recommended before the second coat. If surface is textured then better to use brush and if it’s smooth then use roller. If on painting some bubbles appear, these are often removed when the paint gets dried.
The color of paint should be selected as per your choice for different rooms. In this way the wall papers will not remain visible.