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How To Paint Over Striped Walls
Striped walls are an attractive decorative technique for bedrooms, baths or dining rooms but sooner or later styles and tastes change or the room just needs a paint makeover. You could restripe the room using the previous stripes as guides for the new ones but what if your painting idea is to cover the stripes with solid color or another painting technique. Chances are the ridges from the old stripes, ghosts of the old color or the difference in sheens of the stripes may be seen through the new paint. For the best results the remnants of the old striped walls should be completely hidden or covered. Use these painting tips and techniques to help you achieve the best results when painting over walls with stripes.
The Steps To Paint Over Striped Walls
- The striped walls should be at least two weeks old to ensure the paint is completely dry.
- Remove nails, hooks, switchplates, outlet covers, hardware, etc.
- Scrape the walls using a wide, sharp putty knife.
- Sand the ridges until the desired smoothness is obtained.
- Determine if the new paint is compatible with the paint used to stripe the walls.
- Prime if using incompatible paints.
- Patch holes, dents, cracks and skim coat any ridges not smoothed from sanding.
- Sand the patching compound and spot prime those areas.
- Paint two coats of the finish paint.
The Striped Walls Should be Completely Cured
Since you will be doing a lot of work on this surface it will be best if it is completely dry, cured and hard. Paint, especially latex or acrylic, does not scrape and sand well because it stays pliable in order to expand and contract with the surface on which it is applied. It should not become very hard and brittle. That is good for durability but not for sanding. Soft, uncured paint will gum up and clog sandpaper very quickly causing a loss of effectiveness and a need to use more sheets of sandpaper. If possible wait until the old paint is completely cured before sanding.
Remove the Obstacles
Take anything out of the room and off the walls that can be removed. A clear and clutter free workspace is a safer and easier place to work. Make sure to look closely for and remove nails, hooks and screws. Eye protection should always be worn when working. If the stripes are painted over switchplates and outlet covers they can be removed and placed in some warm soapy water which will usually soften the paint enough to remove it. If new towel racks, toilet paper holders or hardware will be installed now is the time to remove the old anchors and mounting plates.
Scrape the Walls
This may or not be necessary depending on the stripes you are painting over. A 4 or 6 inch wide blade does a pretty good job of shaving off the highest ridges. If the knife has been used much in the past it may have a sharp edge which is good for the scraping but be very careful as to not slip and cut yourself. Wear hand and eye protection and scrape in the direction away from your body. You just want to remove the highest ridges and sand away the rest.
Sand the Walls
Because tape is usually used to line off the boundaries for the stripes there will be ridges of paint on the stripes edges. Sometimes they are more noticeable if a thick tape was used or there was a need to apply several coats of paint to create the stripe. These ridges will show through the new paint if not sanded down. Use a palm sander or vibrating finish sander. These sanders are small, lightweight and produce results quickly. Use a 40 to 80 grit size sandpaper, anything finer will quickly clog and quit cutting. Plan on using several sheets of sandpaper as you will need to change the sandpaper on the vibrating sander often. Even the coarse grits will lose their sharpness and clog after a few minutes of sanding. Keep the sander moving at all times to prevent it from sanding through too deeply and into the drywall. Follow the direction of the ridge constantly moving the sander in a circular motion. A palm sander will be able to reach almost everywhere, leaving only a few spots to sand by hand. Test the before and after smoothness by running your palm and fingertips across the surface. If the ridge cannot be felt it will probably not show through the new paint. Inspect where you have sanded from different angles and light sources and sand until no ridge is detected. If possible, place a fan in the window to help exhaust the dust and always wear dust protection over your nose, mouth and eyes. Hearing protection is a must during the use of a power sander and especially now as you will be using the sander for an extended length of time. After sanding, the walls and room will need to be dusted or vacuumed.
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