How to Prepare Walls for Painting after Removing Wallpaper

Several Things That You Must Do before a Wallpaper Removal Process

In our previous blog post, we discussed the different methods and techniques used for removing wallpaper. Presuming that you’ve succeeded to strip off all wallpaper from your wall, it is now time to prepare them for painting. But, before you can apply paint on a surface that was previously covered with wallpaper, there are several additional steps that you need to do. Here is how to prepare a wall after a wallpaper removal process.

wallpaper removingRemove any residue. As much as you’d love to remove huge portions of your wallpaper at once, this rarely happens. Usually, there are many small pieces of wall covering that are left behind. Plus, some of the glue may come out together with the wallpaper, while big parts of it will remain on the wall. Before you can paint your walls, you need to remove all debris, adhesive leftover, dust, etc. So, dilute five ounces of wallpaper stripper in one gallon of water, and pour the mixture in a spray bottle. Spray the wall with the compound, and then scrape off any residue using a scraper knife.

The next step is to remove any trace of wallpaper stripper remover from the wall. Due to it’s powerful reaction with paint, wallpaper stripper products can cause the paint to discolor, peel, or shrink. It is of the utmost importance that you clean your walls properly before painting. Wallpaper stripper can be easily removed with just fresh water. Spray your walls with clear water, and wipe them off with a clean rag. Let the walls dry for a couple of days.

If the walls still contains bits of wallpaper and adhesive, then you’ll have to sand it down with 120-grit sandpaper.

For the best results, we strongly suggest that you hire a specialist in wallpaper removal for this task. New Hope Painting Inc. is located in Pensacola, FL, and we offer some of the most reliable and affordable services in the area. If you’re interested, call us at (850) 623-6034.