Back to that popular question of, “can you paint over wallpaper?” Yes, you can, providing it’s stuck down really well. However, you generally won’t know how well it’ll work until you start painting. For best results, remove old wallpaper with a wallpaper steamer or a stripper solution and scraper. Clean up the paste residue with warm water and a sponge. Now, take a breather, you deserve it!
Fill in holes or cracks with Polycell All-Purpose Filler and sand the surface smooth. Flexible Polycell Decorators Caulk fills gaps between walls and woodwork, or walls and the ceiling, if needed. Use a brush to cut in around the edges with any emulsion paint in your favourite colour and finish, and a roller to finish the job. If you find small imperfections after the first coat just fill them in, sand them back and carry on to the second coat.
The number one thing to remember for how to paint newly plastered walls is to make sure they’re completely dry first. To get started, lay down dust sheets and mask off skirting boards, trim and fixtures. As fresh plaster acts like a sponge, it’s important to water down your first layer of emulsion, otherwise known as a ‘mist coat’, to seal the surface and use less paint. The two top coats don’t need to be watered down. Therefore, once it’s dry simply paint as you normally would with your favourite colour.
All done? Time to take yourself out for a treat as a decorating hero and conqueror of tricky surfaces!