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I’d like to paint over wall­pa­per rather than strip it off the wall – is this OK?

Paint­ing emul­sion di­rectly onto wall­pa­per can cause it to blis­ter, but there’s a new prod­uct that seals the wall­pa­per first, cre­at­ing a sur­face that’s ready to paint for a great fin­ish. First, check the wall­pa­per is prop­erly stuck down, re­move ev­ery­thing from the wall and fill any holes. Stir a can of Zinsser Wall­pa­per Cover Up, £25 per 2.5 ltr, B&Q, thor­oughly and pour some into a paint tray, then ap­ply one coat to the walls us­ing over­lap­ping strokes. Al­low this to dry com­pletely (wait a min­i­mum of two hours) be­fore paint­ing with your cho­sen emul­sion.

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