Painting Over Wallpaper?

I am attempting to paint over wallpaper flaws with the same color flat paint. The cream color, where painted, has a bluish shadow. Nothing works! One person said to paint the paper with a dark brown color and after cream paint was applied, it still has the blue shadow. Even bleach will not help. Lowe's does not have the paper anymore since it is at least 10 years old. Any suggestions would be much appreciated by not having to do all rooms!


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December 2, 20151 found this helpful

I've painted over even very dark wallpaper (what were they thinking, deep red cabbage roses on pink background - sounds pretty, looks awful!) successfully. It's all in the pre-painting prep and that prep (after a good washing down with 50% vinegar and 50% tap water) begins and ends with...

Top quality primer. I always used Kilz brand when I lived in the US, and never had 'bleed-through'. Follow the directions on the paint container and you should see excellent results.


Lowes sells it (that's where I always did my DIY shopping:) and they also sell tinted primers - the primer and tint your final coat is going to be all in one tin!

I think there is another, equally good product out there, the clerk at Lowes should be able to help you find that. All I know is Kilz and WOW is that stuff reliable!

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December 2, 20150 found this helpful

I, too, have painted over wallpaper numerous times. Frugal Sunnie is right. A good primer covers the worst of evils on wallpaper. Then paint it whatever color you choose.

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December 3, 20150 found this helpful

Why would anyone want to paint over wall paper when it can be removed easily? All you had to do was go to your local paint store & ask how to do it.

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January 18, 20170 found this helpful

Some wallpaper is adhered to horse hair plaster and lathe walls which, when attempting to pull wallpaper off, will result in big chunks of the plaster being ripped off with it. This type of wall is very common in older homes that date back to the 1800's.

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December 3, 20150 found this helpful

I just got off the phone from a very nice CSR at Lowe's Corporate Office. He said he has never heard of anything like this, & cannot figure out how the cream color paint is showing a bluish hue color from the repair patches over the original 10 year old vinyl wallpaper. (Guess I win the prize for that.) We live very close to our Lowe's store & we have exhausted every delimma possible of finding a 'cause/remedy' effect from this project.


He said the Kilz, tinted primer we also tried as a remedy should have taken care of the problem from painting the little flaws & dings on the wallpaper that occurs over a 10 year old time frame. Maybe a second attempt at this puzzling & challenging problem will finally have a successful outcome. I will be doing a "Happy Dance" & hopefully be able to post the results of it online.

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December 10, 20150 found this helpful

My husband took a left-over piece wallpaper & went to our Gibsons' Ace Hardware. A nice man that has many years of paint related experience & knowledge suggested to my husband to always use Kilz oil based...for every project involving paint related projects. He said he never uses regular Kilz on any project. After he matched the paint 'cream color' of the wallpaper that we had from a left-over small sample, he seems he has a very close color we needed for 'patch' of scuffs, etc., that might occur. He reiterated that he never uses regular Kilz, & he only uses Kilz oil based.


He has been painting for over 25 years & has seen everything...except for mine! Once again, I "get the prize" for finding a solution that only I could have started. He suggested to let the Kilz dry for 24 hrs., then apply the paint over the wallpaper flaws & let it dry for another 24 hrs. as well. If this is the remedy that we are hoping for, I am crossing my fingers for a successful outcome & my "Happy Dance" will be soon....

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