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Aug 12, 2013, 11:30 AM
Painted over wallpaper
We are about to buy a house where the previous owner painted over the wallpaper in the family room and hallway. It's look like it has a few layers on it because in certain areas I can see different colors. I've heard and read on these boards that removing painted wallpaper is a nightmare. Would I be able to spray orange peel texture over the painted wallpaper to hide imperfection and paper seems and then paint over that. Any other ideas or advice? I appreciate the help! Thanks
Aug 12, 2013, 04:15 PM
all you would be doing is to add to the problem. Sooner or later the added weight will be too much for the papers glue to hold and you will have places where the paper is hanging and other places where it is stuck.
Try freeing a corner and apply wallpaper glue solvent as you go. You might get lucky and whomever applied the paper primed the wall first, making the removal easier.
Or you can put up new drywall over the old and start over
Aug 27, 2013, 01:55 PM
Agreed nona. You can use a printable wallpaper in case you want to have the same color wall. The thicker the wallpaper, the better it will hide the ugly wall.
Aug 27, 2013, 04:14 PM
I'd try peeling it before hiding the issue with thin wallboard. you will have to skim coat the existing wall with drywall compound and sand before painting, really good likelihood you will pull off some face paper.

before I overlaid thin wallboard, I'd strip to the studs and put up good solid mold-resistant green or purple board. checking for "awshucks" underneath would be on the plan. the trim and stuff will never show right if you keep overlaying that pig.

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Aug 28, 2013, 05:03 PM
I've taken off painted over wallpaper and it was not much use than usual wallpaper removal. Then again wallpaper itself can be easy to remove or a nightmare. So I would try it first before you consider anything else.
Aug 31, 2013, 12:39 PM
I'm definitely going to try to remove the paper. Do you guys like using a steamer or wallpaper removal spray. I have 1 week to do this before floors are being installed, so I really need this to go smooth. Hopefully once the paper is down I'm going to orange peel and paint. Any tips on wall prep before I texture? I really appreciate the help!

Aug 31, 2013, 12:57 PM
Don't know about others experience, but we once rented a wall paper steamer. I guess I was not so impressed? Since then, whenever we needed to remove the vinyl papers (water resistant, just like a painted paper), I found a garden tank sprayer (or several large refillable spray bottles) with Hot water (and DIF or some liquid fabric softener mixture) has worked just as well. You may find it necessary to use a "paper tiger" or after wetting the paper begin to pull it away in layers to get the under layers wet enough to release.