Do you use an oil base paint or latex when painting over wallpaper?
By Bonnie from Cedar Rapids, IA
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.
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.
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.
Emulsion paint. We get it in matte or satin finish.
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