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Painting After Removing Wallpaper

I have taken down wallpaper and patched the walls, but when I went to paint the wall, it bubbled up in spots. What's the problem?



Painting After Removing Wallpaper

Give the wall area a good 'sanding' with 000 grit or steel wool. Then wipe off the residue. You could also have a moisture build up there for bubbling. Moisture and paint do not mix. We have an exterior issue with paint not staying on the house due to moisture in the new wood from the get go. (12/01/2008)

By TandT Grandma

Painting After Removing Wallpaper

I don't know what the problem could be, but you might try texturizing the walls before you paint. You can find some relatively inexpensive spray-on texture that dries pretty quickly, and it may then give the paint something to stick to. We got our texture product at Walmart. (12/01/2008)


By Kristen

Painting After Removing Wallpaper

Wash the glue residue off the walls with TSP. (12/02/2008)


Painting After Removing Wallpaper

If the patches were not completely dry, you will get bubbles. (12/02/2008)

By Beth

Painting After Removing Wallpaper

Sharon, normally when you take down wall paper, you scrub the walls down with tsp (trisodium phosphate, purchased @ hardware store) and rinse with clear water and sponge until all the paste is off. Let dry and paint. I am not sure what you meant by patching. Hope this helps. (12/03/2008)

Painting After Removing Wallpaper

I just removed three layers of wallpaper - the top one was the textured wallpaper and it was painted. I used a combination of my old standby ammonia and hot water and then also tried the newer suggestion of fabric softener. The combination seemed to work well - the fabric softener on the old vinyl type wallpaper and the ammonia on the backing.

I then TSPd the wall with a scotch brite scrubbing pad and rinsed it but noticed I still had a slight film of something, so I went over everything again with a mixture of white vinegar and hot water. Since this is the first time I have used fabric softener, could this be the cause of what appears to be a film of some kind? I plan to start painting tomorrow but don't want my paint to "alligator." (01/26/2009)


By Marilyn K.


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