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8 Oz. Sample
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The following product(s) is required to properly prep and pre-treat wood prior to any stain project.
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The following product(s) is required to properly prep and pre-treat wood prior to any stain project. Only available in store at Home Depot.
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The 9 in. x 1/4 in. Polyester Adhesive Roller Cover has a hard texture, making it ideal for applying all types of adhesives to smooth surfaces. It can be used for stippling and applying sand paints.
The following product(s) is recommended when stripping is needed.
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Painting wallpaper

How to Paint on Wallpaper

Painting wallpaper

If your wallpaper is in good condition, without peeling areas and holes, try painting over it instead of replacing it, for a fresh new look.

For Best Results:

If your wallpaper is textured, the texture may be visible even after the wall is painted. To avoid this, it is best to remove the wallpaper from the wall.

Water-based paints and primer may reactivate the wallpaper glue resulting in unwanted peeling. To avoid, prime wallpaper with an oil-based primer to seal the surface.

  1. Secure wallpaper seams so they lie flat.

    Step 1

    Secure loose seams with wallpaper paste so they lie flat. Remove any residue, dirt or grime from the wallpaper. Even out wallpaper seams by applying drywall mud to the seams, allowing to dry and sanding smooth. Remove any dust from sanding with a damp cloth and allow the surface to dry completely.

  2. Cut in on walls.

    Step 2

    With your brush, paint (cut in) around the perimeter of the wallpapered surface.  Start at a top corner and continue along the ceiling and around the baseboards.

  3. Load roller with paint.

    Step 3

    From the bucket, pour paint into a tray and work your roller into the tray until it is fully loaded with paint.  For best results, use a 3/8" - 1/2" roller cover.

  4. Roll paint onto walls.

    Step 4

    Starting in a 3' x 3' section at the top corner of the project area, roll the paint onto the wallpaper in a "W" formation.

  5. Continue rolling onto walls.

    Step 5

    Work the roller back and forth across the section until the "W" is completely filled in.  Be sure to roll over the cut in area as well.

  6. Roll onto walls.

    Step 6

    Forming a column from ceiling to floor, paint the next 3' x 3' section directly below the previous one.

  7. Completed wall.

    Step 7

    Repeat the process of forming columns and blending sections until the project is complete.

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Suggested Tools & Supplies
  • Brush (2"-2-1/2")

  • Bucket

  • Bucket Grid

  • Extension Pole

  • Vinyl Gloves

  • Ladder

  • Paint Can Opener

  • Paint Tray

  • Paint Tray Liner

  • Rags

  • Roller Cover and Frame

  • Stir Stick

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