We want to paint over the wallpaper in our bathroom. What kind of primer should we use? -Dwayne

Hi Dwayne,
As long as the wallpaper has a smooth surface, is firmly glued to the wall, and isn’t made of vinyl, you should be able to paint over it. Start by examining the wallpaper with a bright light held flat against the wall to look for any imperfections. Next, fill any dents with joint compound and glue any loose seams.

Even though it’s more trouble to use, oil or shellac-based primer works best when priming over wallpaper since it reduces the chance of bleeding through and won’t loosen the glue holding the paper to the wall like a water-based primer can. Once the primer has dried, paint over it with two coats of high-quality latex paint.

Good luck with your project,

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