Painting Raised Wallpaper

23 Jul 2013
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Hi All - new member here.

Was painting over what appeared to be a old plastered wall which was pretty smooth. However as the paint has dried the pattern of a raised wallpaper has started to come through which was never visible before.

I reckon it must be a thin coat of plaster has been applied years ago over the paper for some reason, and that the cream paint on it previously has been hiding the sin.

Any suggestions as to how I can paint over and hide the pattern? Wall is lath and plaster, and I'm not able to remove and re-plaster.

Wall has had two undercoats of white to try to prepare it for top coat.


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It may be the "thin" plaster over the wallpaper is allowing the paper beneath to get wet and show, or staining (perhaps nicotine) from the old paper to bleed through.

Are you sure its paper underneath?

It's quite unusual to skim over paper, it may be Artex, if so bear that in mind when drilling the wall at any time, because there is the possiblity of asbestos in Artex.

Either way I would go for a proper stain block paint, Zinsser 123 Bullseye is water based and quick drying so if needed you can get two coats on in a day.
That should certainly stop the marks coming through.
Thanks for the advice.

I got Zinsser 123 Bullseye and after only one coat it's dried without any sign of the pattern coming through.

Seems to have done the trick brilliantly.

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