How to Prep Your Walls for Paint After Wallpaper Removal

Wallpaper removals can be super messy. There is never an easy cleanup with the stray spots and residual wallpapers. Moreover, ensuring that the wall is ready to absorb any fresh layers of paint effectively is essential to the job. It can all get confusing and mixed up, so we have created a guide for you to prep your walls for paint after wallpaper removal. With an accurate and organized process, you can get the job done quicker and with less hassle. So, without further ado, let us jump in!

1- Gather Your Materials

First, instead of reaching out and collecting whatever relevant stuff you need, gather your supplies and keep them close enough to stay on the site while you reach for it simultaneously. Check your inventory for the following things; if you still need to, you can buy them from a nearby hardware store. Here is what you will need for the entire process:

  • Scraper for rubbing off excess wallpaper 
  • Medium and fine grit sandpaper
  • Drywall mud
  • Spackling compound
  • Sanding block and damp cloth
  • Painter’s tape 
  • Primer 
  • Painting Material and Brushes

2- Clean and Repair

Now that we have our materials nearby, time to move on to the next step. Wallpapers can be removed easily by using a little water. A spray bottle can help you moisten the wall and remove the residue. Otherwise, the sealing solution might be hard to remove with dry pressure; water seeping through will help detach the paper from the wall easily. Using a scraper can help scrape excess paper from the walls with minimal effort. Repeat the process for all sections where you can see traces or chunks of the paper.
Remember, we need a smooth wall to ensure an even application. This is why we must watch out for any holes or scratches that must be covered before the sanding. Instead of going between periods, do it all at once and then leave the wall to get some air and exposure before we sand and prepare it for the next steps. Once the wall and fixed sections are dry, we sand and dust.

3- Sand and Dust the Area

Wallpapers look fancy and convenient until it’s time to remove them. Even after cleaning the residuals, some solution or particles could be left on the wall. Even if it’s smooth, sanding is important to eliminate anything left behind by the wallpaper. Prepare your sanding block and rub it in large circles across the expanse of the area. Be sure to apply enough pressure to smoothen the walls but not so much that it damages the texture or chips away anything essential. The idea is to make the patched areas and the rest of the wall look equal. When the whole surface looks even enough for the application, we move on to the compound application. 

4- Apply Compound and Primer

This is another step to ensure that if, after all this effort, there is still some wallpaper left, we can lock it using drywall mud, known as a Joint Compound. You can use tape (painter’s tape) to make this process easier and seal off any areas you don’t want to expose to the compound. Carefully put and spread the compound and then move on to the primer application. The primer is necessary to make the wall look more even and ready for the paint. Compound and primer are more for appeal and cohesion than repair. 

5- Apply the Paint

Grab your painting tools and apply the first layer of paint. The depth and layering aren’t to ensure that it sticks well but to help the color appear better on the wall. At least two layers done between an hour’s gap can activate the right pigment you need. This won’t be as hard for dark colors, but for lighter colors like beige, you might need more than two applications based on the repairs and filling. Apply evenly and carefully to get the best visual results. 

6- Finishing Touches

This step is more about inspecting and ensuring all the effort has paid off well. Touch-up, reinstallation, and reframing are among the most important finishing steps of the process. Now your wall is ready, time for you to sit back and be proud of it.

Or you can skip the wallpaper removal process and let us take over the entire thing! Our MV Construction and Painting experts possess all the skills and tools to get the job done. Contact us 239-692-4081 now and get a free quote!

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