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suziehomemaker
remove wallpaper from plaster or paint over?

Our house was built in 1950 and has plaster walls. Some of them have wallpaper that I'd like to remove/paint. I know that some of the walls have paint under the wallpaper, which I'm sure is lead based paint. I want to paint the walls, so my question is do I paint over the wallpaper or try to remove it? I'm worried about lead paint exposure (I have a child). Can you effectively remove wallpaper from plaster or will it damage the wall? If I paint over it what would be the best way to get a good finish? Help!

lgregory
Re: remove wallpaper from plaster or paint over?

We removed the wallpaper from the walls in one bedroom. It took a lot of water, but minimal damage to the plaster. You may want to do it while your child is away for a short while, and get the wall covered with new primer/paint. Use a mask, even though they are uncomfortable.

JLMCDANIEL
Re: remove wallpaper from plaster or paint over?

On plaster walls, the easiest way to remove wall paper is to rent a steamer. Plaster is very hardy.
Jack

Debra
Re: remove wallpaper from plaster or paint over?

by all means remove it, eventually it will fail and then your paint job would suffer if painted over it.

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