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Covering tack board or burlap fabric

I have a large room designed and decorated in the early 1960's. A product called tack board was used on much of the wall space. It has a fine burlap texture to it and does not show holes from thumb tacks. Now I want to remove or cover it to brighten the room (the material is very light absorbing.) Has anybody had success with painting or covering material like this? I would like to avoid taking the panels down and replacing them if possible.

Re: Covering tack board or burlap fabric

I would suggest checking a small spot with the paint you prefer to see if the adhesive reacts to the paint

In my mind 2 things would go wrong
*the adhesive will come loose
*the adhesive or sealing properties of the burlap will discolor your paint.

Otherwise I see no problem painting the wall covering. People would cover their walls in fabric instead of paper all the time. I've even seen it painted afterward. It really depends on the adhesive.

Re: Covering tack board or burlap fabric

Is there a recommendation for a primer that works well on fabric if I shuold choose to try to paint the walls?

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