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What Type of Paint is Best to Use Over Wallpaper?

Do you use an oil base paint or latex when painting over wallpaper?

By Bonnie from Cedar Rapids, IA

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April 29, 20110 found this helpful
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Use an oil primer with a latex paint topcoat. The use of the oil primer is generally recommended because the wallpaper paste is a waterborne product so using a latex could lift the paper which can lead to a bigger problem. They make several products now days that are quick dry oils to speed up the process (at Sherwin-Williams it is the multipurpose oil primer, dry time 1Hr). Then once the surface is secure the latex is a more friendly topcoat.

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April 29, 20110 found this helpful

I used latex (not oil) and I had no problems. It's been awhile and I think I used a primer but nothing oil. I've never used oil paint. I know it's been over 2 years since I painted over wallpaper in my kitchen and bath and it's never peeled.

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April 29, 20110 found this helpful

I agree with bac but, think of the next person who might want to remove it. It is nearly impossible when you paint over it with oil paint. I was crazy enough to strip a whole stairwell and hall that had oil paint over wallpaper and I did not have good words to say about the former owner.

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April 30, 20110 found this helpful

Emulsion paint. We get it in matte or satin finish.

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April 30, 20110 found this helpful

I asked my husband, who is a professionally trained union painter for more than 35 years. He agrees with Bac.

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