ChatterBank1 min ago
can I paint directly onto vinyl wallpaper
This is a washable type paper in the kitchen and I want to do a quick makeover to brighten the place up. Can I paint directly onto it, using emulsion paint, or do I need to use some sort of primer, or do I have to strip off the wallpaper?
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Sorry to spoil the party but you would be wasting your time trying to paint a vinyl with emulsion. It would be a bit like painting a sheet of polythene, because that's what you would be doing! Vinyl wallcovering is plastic coated paper. It will need to be stripped off first. Bobbobley must have painted on to wallpaper which is quite different - it is actually paper. In general washable "wallpaper" is not paper at all, but vinyl wallcovering.
Thanks for your replies wobberlybob & wendytroy. I tried some paint on the said wallpaper and it seems to have taken ok, doesn't appear to want to wash off (tried after it had dried), so perhaps my washable viynl is just spongeable paper. Any ideas bendy? When I re-papered part of the kitchen a few years back the top coat just peeled off the paper leaving the backing stuck to the wall. Is this a clue to the type of paper? The plot thickens!