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Can I paint over lining paper?

A popular search that often comes up is, “Can I paint over lining paper?” Many people are not sure what lining paper is meant for or how to use it. This post will hopefully answer any of your questions about lining paper and its uses.

What is lining paper meant for

Lining paper has always primarily been used to give a smooth base in which to wallpaper over, however, a few years back wallpaper wasn’t fashionable and plain emulsioned walls, were all the rage but people soon realised that their walls were not that perfect, hence why they had the woodchip or embossed anaglypta or highly pattered wallpaper they had on the walls. So, the answer was to line the walls before painting them with emulsion. So yes, you can paint over lining paper.

About ten years ago it was rare to hang wallpaper but very common to remove wallpaper and line the walls and emulsion them. Even though plain emulsioned walls are still very common today there has been a return to wallpaper in the last few years and wallpapered feature walls have become very common, this is partly fashion but also cost, as wallpaper can be very expensive.

Lining paper

If you wish to emulsion your walls rather than wallpaper them but the plasterwork isn’t wonderful you can hang lining paper and then emsulsion over it, just remember, lininig paper will not give you wonderful smooth walls that are blemish free, it isn’t the quick and easy fix. You still need to fill and prepair the walls before lining them and you may still see some lumps and bumps.

If this is the route you wish to take you need to know how to hang the lining paper.

To cross line or not?

Cross-lining is where the lining paper is hung horizontally rather the vertically like traditional wallpaper, normally if you are going to be emulsioning over the lining paper you could hang it as you would wallpaper, vertically.

Once you have hung the lining paper you need to allow it to fully dry before you emulsion over it, this will take normally between 12 – 24 hours depending on drying conditions.

Cost and budget

We are all budget conscious these days and have to budget for all expenses, decorating is no exception. The cost of wallpaper these days can make decorating a room expensive, lining your walls and emulsioniing them is a good alternative to paying out for wallpaper for the entire room, having a wallpapered feature wall can make a focal point in any room. The advantage of emulsioning your walls is that you can change the look and feel of a room fairly cheaply just buy buying another colour of emulsion, you can keep on trend with the colour of the year rather than the latest fashionable wallpaper trend.

Ware and tear if you have young children or pets may also sway your choice, if you pay £30 upwards for per roll of wallpaper and the kids decide to draw all over it you may not be best pleased! If they do it to an emulsioned wall you may not be best pleased still but it can be sorted out quickly and cheaply buy painting over it.

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233 Responses to “Can I paint over lining paper?”

  1. Jo Says:
    June 1st, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Hello. I have walls papered with lining paper and then emulsioned (matt paint). The finish is excellent and the wallpaper is very firmly on the wall. My question is: can I wallpaper over the top of this? I am converting the room into a child’s room and have found some great paper (black and white picture frames, for the child to draw/paint on) and want to just put this on one wall – not the whole room. Do I need to treat the wall first – or should I just strip the (perfectly good!) paper? Thanks!

  2. Admin Says:
    December 6th, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    You can paper over emulsioned lining wallpaper, as long as the lining paper is sound there shouldn’t be any problems. No treatment is required before wallpapering.

  3. Sally Says:
    January 24th, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Hi I have painted lining paper a few times and find it soaks up the paint allot, someone told me you can use a mixture of flour and water to paint on before painting to save money! is this true or do you have any other ideas that would help? thanks!

  4. Admin Says:
    January 24th, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    I’ve not heard of that before, water and flour will make a paste, and a right mess! Two good coats of quality paint should be enough to cover lining paper.

  5. Pete Says:
    February 22nd, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Hi. I have just moved into a house with lining paper in the lounge. We want to paint it a different colour. Whilst the paper is fairly flat in most parts there are areas where it isn’t smooth-manily small areas of depressions where the plaster hasn’t been great when it was papered. My question is whether there is anything I can do over the top of the lining paper to make it smooth?

  6. Admin Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 9:14 am


    Some people may say fill the discrepancies with filler, but this is a decorators nightmare for when it comes to removing the lining paper at a later date. Also if you fill over the paper you will more than likely rip it and rough it up trying to rub the filler down which will more than likely show more than the discrepancies you have now. The only real option is to remove the lining paper where the discrepancies are, fill the walls and re-hang lining paper. If your painting a light colour you may not see the discrepancies as much, so best left alone sometimes.

  7. Gemma Says:
    March 7th, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Hi, I removed polystyrene tiles on my ceiling and there are bits of adhesive stuck firmly on ceiling. Can lining paper be used on ceiling to hide this, so I can paint over with white emulsion?

  8. Admin Says:
    March 8th, 2013 at 8:09 am


    Sadly lining paper will not cover the adhesive left from polystyrene tiles. You need to scrape it off or sand it, you may end up having to fill the ceiling also as you may damage the ceiling trying to get the adhesive off. I’ve had to do this many times. If you paper over it you will still see the lumps of adhesive show through. It maybe worth buying a heavy duty scrapper for a few pounds, these have a sharp blade and may tackle the job easier.

  9. sue Says:
    March 11th, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Hi, I have used lining paper for the hall, stairs and landing after I have filled and rubbed down. Can still see a few bumps etc… was told to put glue over the lining paper before painting as this would give a better finish… any feedback please?

  10. Admin Says:
    March 12th, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Not heard of this before, Sue, what kind of glue have you been told to use? I would imagine you would end up with the emulsion lifting the glue and leaving a right mess?
    You can paste lining paper with paste before hanging wallpaper though.

  11. Monica Says:
    March 19th, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Hi, I found your post very informative and interesting. I’m from Poland and here the lining paper is not so known and commonly used as in the UK therefore I haven’t had any experiences with it before. I want to paint walls in my room but their texture is not perfectly smooth and it won’t look nice when covered with paint. I was looking for ways to smooth them but wanted to avoid sanding and that’s how I came across lining paper. I’ ve read that you can buy thicker one to smooth the walls and then paint them. However, my concern is that you will still be able to see the joints? Or if applied correctly no joints will be visible? Please advice:) Thanks!

  12. Admin Says:
    March 21st, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Lining paper is NOT a miracle cure and you have to prepare the walls correctly, this means sanding them down otherwise the uneven wall surface will show through the lining paper and show once painted. Always prepare the walls before papering them.

    You can get thick lining paper (2000 gauge), this may lose some of the imperfections. Lining paper can shrink as it dries and the joints may show, My advice would be soak each length for a long time, a good 10 minutes, and soak each length for the same amount of time, butt the joints up and don’t overlap. If the paper shrinks, you can apply a surface filler in the joints and rub them down, but be careful you do not scratch up the surface of the lining paper.

  13. Tina Says:
    March 29th, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Hi is there some kind of seal that I can put on emulsioned lining paper before wallpapering to make it easy to scrape off when I get fed up off the paper in the future.

  14. Admin Says:
    March 29th, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    No, simply wallpaper over the lining paper and then when you wish to change the wallpaper, remove the top layer of paper, then carefully remove the backing paper of the wallpaper. As you say the lining paper is emulsioned this should make it easier to remove the wallpaper without removing the lining paper at the same time, as the emulsion will (for a short time) act as a seal from the water used to remove the wallpaper. A silk emulsion has more vinyl so will repel the water for longer.

  15. Heather Says:
    June 7th, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Hi, Im going to be lining my walls with lining paper before painting them! what is the best type of paint to use.. matt or silk? What does sizing the walls mean? thanks

  16. Admin Says:
    June 8th, 2013 at 8:35 am


    There isn’t a best type paint, it is just personal preference. Both are equally as good as each other, it just depends if you prefer a matt or silk finish.
    Sizing the walls means sealing the walls with a ‘size’ this can be a bought size or watered down wallpaper paste.

  17. Simon Says:
    June 24th, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Hi, there.

    We’ve just bought a Victorian house and it badly needs some TLC…
    I’ve stripped the wallpaper in the living room with the intention of painting it; it was there I discovered lining paper on the top half of the walls.
    The bottom half is smoothly plastered.
    My question is: will it be noticeable when I paint (white) that only half the wall is lined? Will there be an obvious join?

  18. Admin Says:
    June 25th, 2013 at 7:36 am


    Yes it could show, plaster has a very smooth finish whereas lining paper has a slight texture. Ideally all the wall should have the same surface before decorating. What is behind the lining paper on the top half, could this be taken off to leave plastered walls?

  19. Robert Wood Says:
    July 10th, 2013 at 11:44 am


    The tilers have just finished my bathroom, three of my walls are half tiled. I have removed the old lining paper with a steamer but underneath is paint which has been done several coats. Some of the paint has flacked off especially where the shower screen is going to placed and the walls are flaky in places.. There are also fixing holes in the wall where the old towel radiator was. Whats the best smooth filler to use? Should i pva the walls before lining over the flaked walls? Whats the ideal bathroom paint to put on linning paper. What linning paper grade would be best?

    Thank you

  20. Admin Says:
    July 10th, 2013 at 2:09 pm


    If you use a smooth over filler, such as from polycell, you should be able to get away without lining the walls. If you want to line the walls use a general purpose / interior filler to smooth out the imperfections before painting. You can use a diluted PVA solution to help seal the walls if the paint is very flaky. If you go the lining paper route or the smooth over route you could use a cheap white emulsion to seal the walls before apply 2-3 coats of bathroom paint, as this can be expensive. As for the grade of lining paper, this depends on the walls it is going over but typically 1200 or 1400 should suffice.

  21. Vera Says:
    July 13th, 2013 at 4:20 am

    I have very smooth emulsioned walls (matt) which I want to hang traditional pulp wallpaper on (Farrow and Ball type.) Do I still need to prime or/and line the walls to get a good result?

  22. Admin Says:
    July 18th, 2013 at 2:21 pm


    If the walls are smooth and in good condition you can simply wallpaper over the top of the emulsioned wall. A light sand down to remove and debris in the emulsion or on the wall should be enough.

  23. Alistair Lindsay Says:
    July 28th, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Hi, hope you can help. I have given two coats of a coloured Matt emulsion to lining paper which had been painted much lighter, but it still looks really patchy. before I try a third coat, any tips. used a good quality roller with b&q own brand paint?

  24. Admin Says:
    July 28th, 2013 at 1:36 pm


    When you say it looks patchy, do you mean the colour hasn’t covered and looks patchy or is it the finish looks patchy?
    I have never used B&Q own brand paint so am unsure of it’s opacity, it may not be as good as some of the more well known brands so more coats would be required to cover.
    If the finish looks patchy try rollering in a random way, for example roller a letter ‘W’, sometimes if you roller in straight horizontal and vertical lines it can show as ‘blocky’. Also, make sure you lap over enough from when you re-fill the roller and try and keep a ‘wet’ line as you cover an area.

    Further reading:
    How to paint an interior wall.
    Tips for changing the colour of emulsion.

    Hope that helps?

  25. Alistair lindsay Says:
    July 28th, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Third coat has done the trick. Thanks for the tips, looks absolutely fine now.

    Take care and thanks again.

  26. Pam Says:
    July 31st, 2013 at 5:48 am


    I have wallpaper everywhere in our new house, the top part comes off really easily leaving lining paper underneath. I have been advised NOT to just paint over the lining paper as it will react with the glue and make the paper bubble. Is this true?

    I don’t really want to strip off the lining paper and have to tackle all the glue underneath etc…

  27. Admin Says:
    July 31st, 2013 at 7:49 am


    If you mean the backing paper left after removing the top of the wallpaper then I wouldn’t emulsion over it. It may of been loosened as the top of the paper came off, the edges may become loose and the moisture in the emulsion could lift this backing paper. If you mean there is lining paper behind the wallpaper then depending on how much paste is left whether you paint it or not, again I wouldn’t as a rule.

    If you strip all the paper, let the walls dry and rub them down before painting, you shouldn’t have any problems.

    Further reading : How to strip wallpaper.

  28. Wendy Says:
    July 31st, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Just asking I’ve taken old wallpaper off and it left the lining on wall can I put new wall paper on ??

  29. Admin Says:
    August 1st, 2013 at 7:17 am


    Is is lining paper or the backing paper off the wallpaper?
    If it is lining paper then you maybe OK to wallpaper over it as long as it is sound and well adhered to the wall, if it is backing paper, not sure I would risk it as it could lift when you apply paste.

  30. Paula Smedley Says:
    August 4th, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Hi there,

    We’ve got really old lining paper that’s been painted over. Can we repaint directly over the top of that or do we need to prep/prime first?


  31. Admin Says:
    August 6th, 2013 at 2:40 pm


    You can simply paint over the existing lining paper 🙂

  32. Claire Says:
    August 26th, 2013 at 9:35 am

    We are going to line some old lime plaster walls with lining paper and have stripped the old textured wallpaper off, filled any large holes and lightly sanded the surface to remove any little bits of wallpaper backing. My question is do you need to sugar soap the walls before lining paper goes up or can you just hang the new paper straight up?

  33. Admin Says:
    August 27th, 2013 at 7:30 am


    It sounds as if you have done the prep work, you do not need to sugar soap the walls, as you have rubbed them down just make sure there isn’t any rough bits left, then dust the walls down and hang the lining paper.

  34. Elaine Says:
    September 22nd, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Can you apply lining paper directly onto wet emulsion, instead of using paste, if there are still slight imperfections in the original paintwork?

  35. Admin Says:
    September 22nd, 2013 at 11:25 am

    No, you need to use paste on a dry wall.

  36. keely Says:
    October 1st, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Hi I have just moved into a house and I have stripped 3 rooms in the house, the walls are really bumpy and have marks where the last owner must of tried filling and made a mess of it, if I sand these down and put lining paper up will it lessen the look of bumps and lumps, and I have heard that lining paper can bubble when painted is there anyway I can stop this from happening also what grade lining paper is best to use? Is the textured effect plain white wallpaper better to use? Thanks in advance 🙂

  37. Admin Says:
    October 3rd, 2013 at 2:59 pm


    If you rub down and fill the walls and then line them this will lessen the appearance of the bumpy wall. If the prep work is done and good paste is used and paper soaked long enough the lining paper should not bubble when painted over. I typically use 1400 gauge lining paper.

    If the walls are rubbed down and filled you could simply paint the walls, this would save any lining paper issues, if your worried about them.

  38. Carolyn Says:
    October 10th, 2013 at 9:34 am

    These are great information, thanks!

    I have very textured walls and wanted to paint one wall with chalk paint–but because of the bumpy texture, writing on it would not look good. I was thinking of putting up Masonite but researched and found that because it is porous, chalk markers would not erase. I love the idea of paper wall lining (I’m thinking it’s not porous), but would it be simple to paint over with chalk paint after installation? (And perhaps painting over and over again within the next 10 or so years?)

    A worker at the Home Depot told me the paint may weigh it down and slide off my walls. :/

  39. Jane Says:
    October 12th, 2013 at 11:05 am

    About to have room papered with anaglypta on walls and lining paper on ceiling. Before painting should lining paper or anaglypta paper have any preparation eg sizing?

  40. Admin Says:
    October 13th, 2013 at 8:09 am


    No preparation required, once the paper is fully dry, simply paint over it.

  41. Glenn Says:
    October 19th, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Hi, really useful sight, thanks for the advice.

    We have moved into a house with lining. The edges are starting in areas to come up. My sister had her house professionally decorated but we can’t afford this. I am sure, they put some kind of paint, along the cracks in the wall and the vertical joinings of the lining – I’m googling but to no avail, are you aware of what I should be looking for?


  42. Admin Says:
    October 19th, 2013 at 1:57 pm


    I would imagine it would of been either a ready mixed wallpaper paste or border / overlap adhesive.
    If you get some border / overlap adhesive, apply it to the lifted paper, allow the paper to soften, stick back the paper, wipe excess paste off, allow to dry, paint.

  43. claire Says:
    October 21st, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Disaster! Its our first DIY ….lining paper for the kitchen…it has taken us ages to prep the old bumpy holey walls and hang the lining paper…started to emulsion today and the paper is bubbling! Help….anything I can do?

  44. Admin Says:
    October 22nd, 2013 at 7:30 am


    Leave it to dry and see if the bubbles go, sometimes when you emulsion over lining paper it can bubble but it can tighten up as it dries.

    If the bubbles do not go, you can take a sharp knife and cut the paper and try getting some paste behind the paper to stick it back.

  45. Anne Says:
    October 30th, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Hi, I’m helping my daughter to line and paint the walls in her old house. The walls are uneven so the lining paper I put up had some gaps which I filled with a quick drying filler which can be painted over. Unfortunately I’ve marked the paper at the side of the gaps – not sure if it is excess filler or if I’ve scratched the paper when removing the excess filler. One coat of paint later, you can still see the marks on either side of the gaps. Do you think that a second coat of paint will cover up, or should I just bite the bullet and re-paper? Thanks for any advice you can offer

  46. Admin Says:
    November 2nd, 2013 at 12:19 pm


    It sounds as if the filler may of been hard to rub down, some pre mixed fillers are, I tend to use powder fillers so I can mix up the consistency I require, in the case of filling gaps in lining paper a fairly loose mix so it is easy to rub down. I would use a small foam sanding block that wasn’t too abrasive to rub down the filler. Some sandpapers can be to harsh for rubbing down, as it sounds as you have found out.

    As I see it, you have two choices, use a power filler and re-fill the gaps and over the scratches in the paper, then rub down and paint (the filler may still show). Or re-paper, you could hang the lining paper over what you have just put up, just ensure the edges of the paper do not lay on the ones under it as it could lift the first lot of paper off at the joints.

    I’m not sure painting over a second coat, or third for that matter would cover up the scratched paper, but you could always try painting over the filled areas first to see how it looks.

    Hope that helps.

  47. hayley Says:
    November 18th, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    hi, i had my living room decorated with lining paper and painted over, i am wanting to paint directly over this with a different colour, is it safe to do so? also one wall is very dark purple and i am wanting to paint with a lighter colour, will a light paint cover a dark paing underneath or should i do something like paint it white first?

    also what is best to paint over lining paper- a roller or brushes?


  48. Admin Says:
    November 20th, 2013 at 4:21 pm


    Yes, it is OK to paint over the lining paper that has already been painted.
    As for changing colour, this post will answer that for you Tips for changing the colour of emulsion.

    Use a brush to cut in and a roller for going over the main part of the wall.

  49. Clif Says:
    December 1st, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    7 years ago in my living room I hung Vinyl. At some stage I peeled the Vinyl off, leaving the thin lining paper. I painted this as a ‘test,. couple of walls with plain white emulsion, relief walls with matt masonry paint (good quality).( all the paint was free ) I now intend to decorate and am thinking of hanging 1700 grade lining paper over the top and painting. Can you advise?..any forseeable problems??. My main worries are bubbling of the old paper and adhesion of the new. I might add that when hanging paper on bare walls, cause I take so long I paste both paper and wall.

  50. Admin Says:
    December 2nd, 2013 at 10:04 am


    If you are happy the backing paper you have emulsioned over is sound and well stuck there shouldn’t be any problems. If you are unsure, best to remove it then put lining paper up. Do you need to go over existing paper with lining paper, can you not just re-paint over them?

  51. Clif Says:
    December 2nd, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    As the lining paper from the old Vinyl is very thin I thought I’d redecorate with nice thick lining paper BUT you may well have a point..I will have to inspect the whole and see. I like cheap. Not to advertise but Poundlands Toolbox Masking Tape , 4 rolls for 1 pound is ‘ Low tack’. as I stripped and varnished all the woodwork 1996 ( 500 hours kitchen and bathroom alone) I always mask up first and this makes it cheap and easy, they also sell a pasting brush for 1 pound, 8 pounds in Wickes !!.

  52. Julie Says:
    February 16th, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Hi, I’ve just move in to a new house, the old occupaier has put lining paper over old painted walls. Then they have pained emulsion over the lining paper. The lineing paper is peeling from the top and all the wall feel like I can just ripe it off really easily. Why do you think this has happened? is there a why to fix it, or do I have to take it all off?

  53. Admin Says:
    February 17th, 2014 at 8:34 am


    The reason the paper is peeling off could be not enough paste used, wrongly mixed paste, badly prepared walls, if you can mix some paste up and stick the paper back you may be ok. However, the moisture from the emulsion when you paint the walls could loosen the paper even more. If it is that bad I would take it off and re-paper so I knew it would last OK.

  54. Tieyan Says:
    February 17th, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Hi, we’re moving into a flat and have started lining the walls in the living room, hallway and one of the bedrooms but there seems to be quite a lot of bubbling coming through, one corner of the bedroom still hasn’t fully dried after days, although there was a bit of mould in that area which I treated with mould repellent, do you think there could be a damp problem? And if we paint over it will it still dry properly and could the appearance of the bubbles be reduced?


  55. Admin Says:
    February 19th, 2014 at 8:50 am


    Sounds to me as if there is a damp problem, the route of this issue needs to be sorted before decorating can be completed, otherwise it is just a waste of time and money and the mould will grow back. As for the other bubbles in the room, not seeing them I can’t say the cause, could just simply be air, or maybe it wasn’t left long enough to soak, if you cut the bubble with a sharp knife, you may be able to get some paste behind it and stick it down. Alternatively, the paper may have to be removed and new hung.

  56. Jody Says:
    February 17th, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Oh no!! Ive just spent ages putting lining paper up in my bedroom gone to paint over it and there is loads of bubbles how is this and do i need to take the rest of and start again??

  57. Admin Says:
    February 19th, 2014 at 8:54 am


    Not seeing the area in question I can only assume the paper wasn’t left long enough to soak before hanging, or there is excess paste or air. You can try and piercing a the bubble and see what comes out, if it is air, cut with a knife and get some paste behind it and stick back.

  58. Adam Says:
    February 20th, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    I have stripped wallpaper from two walls and found strips of polystyrene wall lining underneath. I am painting the other walls in the room. I don’t want to remove the polystyrene as it is useful where it is – can I stick lining paper over it and then paint the paper? If so what sort of adhesive should I use? Thanks.

  59. Admin Says:
    February 22nd, 2014 at 8:46 am


    Yes you can stick lining paper over polystyrene, use ordinary wallpaper paste. Then, once dry you can paint it.

  60. Janie Says:
    February 21st, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Heya. I was wondering why after I just painted lining paper with emulsion it started the peel off immediately at the slightest touch. The paint was dry, could it be to do with the paint that was under it? I just moved in to this house and it seems like a very cheap matt magnolia was used very sparingly to cover the walls. Thank you x

  61. Admin Says:
    February 22nd, 2014 at 8:52 am


    Without seeing it, it is hard to pinpoint the problem. If the paint is peeling off the walls it sounds as if the first coat wasn’t done properly. If the paint is ‘powdery’ then the paste wouldn’t of adhered to the wall well. The other thing it could be is the paste on the lining paper, if it wasn’t a good quality paste or mixed wrong the moisture from the emulsion applied on the top of the lining paper could soak into the paper and lift the paper off the wall. This could be the case if the emulsion is ‘watery’ like some cheaper paints are.

    It may be a case of having to remove all the lining paper, ensure the paint on the walls sound and good condition, the re-line and repaint.

  62. Karen Says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Hi, I have just had a bedroom decorated, with matt paint over old lining paper. In most of the room the finish is fine but on one wall it looks terrible when viewed from the side as you enter the room- incredibly patchy, with strange shiny places and dull bits. I have been over it now about four times and although it looks perfect when viewed face on, nothing is making any difference when looked at on entrance. It is a dulux matt paint in light and space range, and we have another from the range in another room which is totally fine. Could it be a problem with the lining paper? It looks horrible!

  63. Admin Says:
    March 9th, 2014 at 8:01 am


    It is hard for me to say without seeing it but it could be something on or under the lining paper that is affecting the emulsion, or how it is drying. As you say you have been over it four times it certainly isn’t a lack of paint that is the issue. A solution could be remove this one wall of lining paper to see if there is any issues on the wall, the re-line and paint.

  64. Corrie Says:
    March 23rd, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    So i have moved into my first flat and am going to paint the walls, when I started stripping the walls I found that four (2bedroom, 2sitting room) are brick walls. Now i know that they can be papered as i have just taken woodchip paper off of them, what i am wondering though is can I use a water based paint on lining paper without it looking tacky or will the paper just rip as I paint it.. also any other advice would be great. 🙂

  65. Admin Says:
    March 24th, 2014 at 2:39 pm


    Yes Corrie you can use water-based paints over lining paper, decorators do it all the time and once done you shouldn’t be able to tell it is lining paper.
    The following post may be of interest.

    Prepairing the walls for lining paper –
    Lining paper – What thickness should I use? –
    How to mix wallpaper paste –
    Wallpapering –
    Wallpapering –

  66. Debbie Hepworth Says:
    April 18th, 2014 at 3:28 am

    I am moving into a house which has lining paper on. This is covered in cerise pink paint . I would like to paint over this in a cream colour. How would I go about this? Do I use some sort of primer first? Will the wallpaper start to peel of the walls? As I presume the walls will need a few coats.
    Thanks in advance
    Debbie Hepworth

  67. Admin Says:
    April 19th, 2014 at 11:33 am


    As long as the lining paper is securely stuck to the walls, painting over it shouldn’t peel the paper off the wall, as for painting over the cerise pink read this post

  68. Vanita Says:
    June 2nd, 2014 at 10:29 am

    I steamed my wall yesterday to take down some wallpaper that was not hung correctly. In the process of steaming the paint (that was stuck to the old paper) has also come off. I now have a bare plastered wall all be it in good condition. My question is can I hang the new paper directly on the the plastered wall or do I need to primer and line the wall first, I want to finish the job this week as I have guest coming for the weekend and also work full time. I don’t want to spend a fortune as I had to buy more paper to correct the error.

  69. Admin Says:
    June 2nd, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    If the wall is sound and in good condition and the paper you are hanging is of good quality you should be able to simply repair any holes and cracks in the wall, rub smooth and level and then with a good quality paste hang the new wallpaper without having to line the walls. There isn’t any need for a primer but you could apply paste to any filler used to seal this.

  70. Justin DL Says:
    June 2nd, 2014 at 11:55 am


    Hello, I am an artist and would like to use some lining paper for painting on. I was wondering what kind of paint can be used over the top; acrylic, oil, watercolours?
    thanks, JDL

  71. Admin Says:
    June 2nd, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Most paints should be ok on lining paper but they will work differently to each other just as you would find on say a canvas or watercolour paper.

    Best to experiment first to see which type of paint suits your style/need best.

  72. john Says:
    July 12th, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    i found this very interested and very helpful its helped me out thank you

  73. Alex Says:
    July 18th, 2014 at 9:54 am

    I have put up lining paper and allowed it to dry. I have just started to paint over it and it is showing up some air bubbles. Please can you advise how to sort this problem out?


  74. Admin Says:
    July 18th, 2014 at 4:04 pm


    Are they air bubbles? Could it be where the wasn’t enough paste and the paper has dried without sticking to the wall. Or perhaps some loose material on the wall? Or maybe filler that sucked all the paste up and allowed the paper to bubble. Have yo left the paper to dry after it has been painted? Sometimes it will shrink back as the emulsion dries.

    The only way to fix this issue if the above doesn’t work is to take a very sharp knife and to make a slit in the paper and by using a small paint brush get some paste onto the back of the paper and then push it back against the wall.

    You should also be able to see the reason for it bubbling or lifting.

  75. Helen Says:
    July 22nd, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Hi! I’ve got heavy duty Rock lining paper on my walls. Three walls are painted and one has vinyl paper. As I’ve hated the vinyl since I put it up last year I’ve just decided to remove it and paint the wall instead. Some of the lining of the vinyl paper is left on the Rock paper. Is there a quick and effective way to remove this before painting rather than the labourious method of gently scraping that we are doing right now? Obviously any moisture is going to lift the Rock lining,I suspect. Many thanks.

  76. Admin Says:
    July 23rd, 2014 at 2:34 pm


    Sadley the best way is to gently soak the paper and peel or scrape off. Don’t over soak the wall otherwise the lining paper may start to lift. When done, ensure the wall is dried before painting.

    How to strip wallpaper.

  77. Helen Says:
    July 24th, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Many thanks – that’s the way we eventually decided to try so glad it’s what you suggest. Slowly and surely it’s working!

  78. christine Says:
    August 1st, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    We would like to hang wallpaper over a wall which has woodchip wallpaper which has matt emulsion on it. My husband thinks that this wallpaper will not adhere to the matt emulsion and also the emulsion will lift off when the wallpaper paste is applied to the wall. Can you advise please.

  79. Admin Says:
    August 1st, 2014 at 2:17 pm


    I’m not sure I would hang wallpaper over woodchip. The texture will more than likely show through the wallpaper.
    But to answer your question, Wallpaper paste will adhere to emulsion, and it will not lift off the woodchip with wallpaper paste.

  80. sue Says:
    August 19th, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Hi, I have some ready mixed wallpaper paste left over in a tub from about 10 months ago. It is good quality paste purchased with some harlequin paper as it was advised to use the “proper” stuff 🙂 Question is I’m just about to line some other walls with lining paper, can I use this paste or would you advise I buy new? Thanks in advance.

  81. Admin Says:
    August 23rd, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    I would buy new paste. Lining paper needs to soak before hanging so a ‘mix your own’ paste is best.

  82. Tony Says:
    August 25th, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    I have just stripped wallpaper from my lounge walls which has left rough plaster and flaking emulsion paint or bare plaster. The plaster is fairly sound and we want to paint over them.
    what can I Use to remove the wallpaper glue and what is best to flatten down the edges of emulsion paint left where it meets bare parts of plaster?

    I have been told that it may be easier to line with paper and then paint over this ?
    Advice please.

  83. Admin Says:
    September 6th, 2014 at 3:58 pm


    The best way is to use a sander on the walls once they are dry. You can fill the flaking paint edge then rub down. You can also use lining paper to give yourself a sound base to work from.

  84. Dorothy Says:
    September 28th, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    hi can you help please. I have anaglypta type paper in hall which has been painted would like to change colour but notice wallpaper coming away at seams can get couple of fingers behind will this be ok to be pasted down again or wont it work or will it need stripped as it is hall and stairs and we are pensioners we feel too big a job to strip

  85. Admin Says:
    September 28th, 2014 at 5:23 pm


    Best thing to do is buy some border adhesive, overlap adhesive, this comes in ready mixed pots, you only need a small pot. Take a 1/2 inch paint brush, easy the lifted paper away from the wall, a scraper may be useful for this, apply the border adhesive behind the paper and on the wall, leave for a minute or two, then gently press the paper back to the wall with a sponge and ease any excess adhesive out. Wipe adhesive off the face of the paper, allow to dry for 12-24 hours, then paint 🙂

    Should do the trick, let me know!!

  86. sarah i Says:
    November 24th, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Hi, I want to paint over lining paper but I can see the seams, any how to hide them

  87. Admin Says:
    November 24th, 2014 at 3:24 pm


    You can put extra paint over the joints to ‘fill’ them in a bit if they aren’t too wide. If they are fairly wide and you don’t think paint will suffice, the only option is to use filler, use a power filler, apply minimal amount to joint, allow to dry and very carefully rub down avoiding rubbing the lining paper too much and firing it up. I would mix filler slightly wetter than normal and re-fill if required.

  88. Catherine Says:
    December 3rd, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Is it possible to paint over a shiny wallpaper.

  89. Admin Says:
    December 4th, 2014 at 11:19 am


    Yes you can paint over shiny (vinyl) wallpaper but it could need lots of coats of paint to cover and would need to be totally dry between each coat. There is also the possibility of the paint coming off as it will sit on top of the paper rather than soak in.

  90. Davey Says:
    January 2nd, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    Hi there I’ve got walls lined with lining paper and decided the other night to repaint them, paint went on fine (in places) and I noticed some imperfections in the corners with bubbling. Anyway I painted over entire wall and all looked good, let it dry overnight and next day I’ve got what looks like cracking/broken egg shells like on parts of the wall? Any ideas why? And a fix?



  91. Admin Says:
    January 2nd, 2015 at 3:25 pm


    If I understand you correctly you have re-painted over lining paper?

    The only thing I can think of is that maybe there was some grease or dirt and the emulsion has reacted with this?
    If this is the case maybe cleaning the affected area’s off and then repainting them.

    I could understand this kind of reaction if the walls were painted direct on to plaster and it cracking but I assume the lining paper had been up for a while and just repainted.

  92. cathy Says:
    January 7th, 2015 at 10:20 am

    I have a bedroom which was papered with embossed paper – two of the walls were plaster and two wood. I stripped the paper off the plastered walls ok but it wouldn’t come off the wood so I thought I would use thick lining paper and paper over the embossed paper. I then emulsioned the walls with 3 coats of paint. Everything worked except one strip of lining paper which came unstuck. I tried re sticking it with paste but it happened again. Is there a special adhesive I could use? I used very thick lining paper because I thought the thinner stuff wouldn’t hide the embossed surface. Would perhaps PVA work as an adhesive?

  93. Admin Says:
    January 7th, 2015 at 1:48 pm


    You can use border / overlap adhesive, ready mixed heavy duty paste or as you say PVA to stick back this problem area.

    Apply adhesive to both the paper and wall, allow to soften the paper for a few minutes then stick back removing any excess adhesive, allow to dry for 24 hours and it should be OK?

  94. Graham Says:
    January 13th, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Hi , am wanting to paint over previously painted lined walls but you can see a lot of overlapping seams ? How can I disguise this ? Shall a rub them down or is there anything else I could do ?
    Thanks graham .

  95. Admin Says:
    January 13th, 2015 at 2:11 pm


    You could gently rub the seams down, but be very careful otherwise you will end up with scratch lines rather than seam lines.

    You could feather them out with a filler then gently rub down, but again be careful about scratching the paper.

  96. roisin Says:
    January 13th, 2015 at 6:50 pm


    I have just moved into a new house and want to start decorating. The walls are all painted without any lining/wallpaper underneath. I was thinking about either painting straight over, or hanging lining paper first and then painting over that.

    Obviously it’d be easier to paint only. But I was wondering what the advantages of lining are? Covering cracks, but does it also keep a room slightly warmer? And absorb sound to make it a little less echo-y?

    And if we do line the walls, can we do it straight over the paint?

    Thanks, Roisin

  97. Admin Says:
    January 31st, 2015 at 2:25 pm


    The main usage of lining paper these days is to hide small hairline cracks, although lining paper is mainly used for creating a good sound base to wallpaper over.

    If the walls are good and miner repairs needed simply painting is the way to go, as for it’s acoustic and thermal properties, there are specialist papers for this although any paper would help.

    If you do line the walls you can paint over the existing wall finish, as long as it is sound.

  98. candy Says:
    February 16th, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    I have removed old wallpaper from walls that have had wallpaper lining applied to the walls. Do I need to remove the old liner and reapply new? The walls have paneling so need some type of lining before new paper is put up. If I can use the old liner should I apply sizing so new wallpaper sticks?

  99. Admin Says:
    February 17th, 2015 at 2:37 pm


    If the lining paper is still sound and well stuck to the wall and in good condition, you can just paper over it. However, if the paper is loose and coming away you could try sticking it back before applying wallpaper but I would remove and hang new to be sure.

  100. kev w Says:
    February 20th, 2015 at 8:54 am

    i have stripped wallpaper in bedroom the plaster is old dry and flakey what should i use to treat the walls before papering

  101. Admin Says:
    February 20th, 2015 at 2:09 pm


    You can seal the plaster with a watered down PVA solution, or you can use a non vinyl emulsion then once dry a light rub down before wallpapering. If the plaster is flaking, remove loose and fill, rub down smooth and level.

    Useful links:
    Preparing the walls for lining paper

  102. roger Says:
    February 27th, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    the walls of my front room has been covered with lining paper & then painted with emulsion/ after a few months some started peeling. Could you please advice me the best way to restick the lining paper & what type of adhesive to use bearing in mind the paper is quite thick.

  103. Admin Says:
    February 28th, 2015 at 4:15 pm


    If the lining paper has lifted at the seams. lift carefully with a knife or scraper, use a small 1/2 inch brush to spread some border / overlap adhesive behind then stick the paper back, squeeze out excess adhesive and wipe off, allow to dry and re-paint. If there are bubbles you may have to use a sharp knife to cut the bubble to apply adhesive.

  104. jason Says:
    February 28th, 2015 at 11:17 am

    I have recently used lining paper over one of my walls and started to paint it but bubbles started to appear how can i get rid of these

  105. Admin Says:
    February 28th, 2015 at 4:18 pm


    Allow the emulsion dry completely before doing anything, the paper may tighten back up.
    If it doesn’t tighten up use some border / overlap adhesive to stick back, you may have to use a sharp knife to cut the bubble to apply adhesive.

  106. jon b Says:
    March 29th, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    Hi there you may have already answered this but I’m not sure so I apologise.
    I am wanting to use lining paper in my hallway, stairwell etc. My walls have the odd scratch and holes on them so i filled these. The walls also have large areas where paint has peeled in the past. I have scraped of most of the peeling paint as far as it is peeling but I am now left with a slight uneven surface. I have now painted over all of these walls with white matt emulsion hoping that lining paper will cover these imperfections. And am wondering whether there is any more I need to do before putting up lining paper which I will be painting after? Also do you have any tips/links for fitting lining paper? Many thanks for all of your information.

  107. Admin Says:
    March 30th, 2015 at 2:52 pm


    It sounds as if you have done all that you can for a good finish. Have you decided on the thickness of lining paper, I nearly always use 1400 grade / gauge.

    As for tips on hanging lining paper here are some links you may find helpful:

    How to wallpaper.
    How to mix wallpaper paste.
    Wallpapering around a window or door reveal.
    How to wallpaper a hall landing and stairs.
    Do I need to hang lining paper before I put up wallpaper.

  108. Denise Says:
    April 21st, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    I need you help I just strip my bedroom walls and behind the paper up the top of the wall its seem to feel smooth dont think the linning paper will stick to it ?so do you think I need to put a smooth over first or would the linning paper stick to it never decorated before can you help .also which is best to paste the with roller or brush thanks

  109. Admin Says:
    April 21st, 2015 at 3:55 pm


    I’m not sure what you mean by feels smooth, do you mean glossed? If so just rub down before hanging the paper. The lining paper should stick to it OK. I use a roller to paste with but a brush is just as good, just ensure a good even coverage. Its really a case of what ever works for you.

  110. Steph Says:
    April 22nd, 2015 at 10:01 am


    Your post is very informative.
    I am looking to redecorate a room that has lining paper.
    The lining paper has been placed horizontally – by previous owners.
    The lining paper appears to be peeling away at some of the seams, not drastically but it looks fairly unsightly.
    The walls themselves appear smooth.
    My question is – do I take the lining paper off and be faced with poor walls underneath and have to re-plaster, or do I leave the lining paper up and re-stick down the bits that have come away at the seams?
    What would you recommend?

  111. Admin Says:
    April 22nd, 2015 at 1:38 pm


    Glad you like the post 🙂
    If the current lining paper is generally OK apart from just a few minor areas of lifting, I would stick them back first, if this doesn’t work you can always strip the walls if you aren’t happy with the sticking back.
    Use a overlap or border adhesive to stick back, apply to wall and paper, leave for a few minutes then press the lining paper back removing and excess paste, allow to dry and paint.

  112. Peter Ward Says:
    May 24th, 2015 at 10:40 am

    I have just removed old wall paper and hung lining paper painted the paper with dulux matt emulsion after a few days I get discolouring on the joins why is this?

  113. Admin Says:
    May 30th, 2015 at 2:50 pm


    The only thing I can think of is adhesive on the surface of the lining paper before painting?

    If you think it could be the paint, you could always contact Dulux customer helpline?

  114. john Says:
    May 27th, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    After stripping paper from the wall and painting it the walls look shadowy which could be old adhesive showing through.would using lining paper and painting it work or could the old adhesive cause problems

  115. Admin Says:
    May 30th, 2015 at 4:14 pm


    It sounds as if it could be the old paste, did it have a good rub down before painting?
    You could line the walls and then paper over them, or give the walls another rubdown to ensure they are smooth, then paint the walls again.
    If you line the walls the old adhesive shouldn’t cause any problems.

  116. chris Says:
    June 4th, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    We have lined the walls of a new build making sure to size them first. The paper has been up for well over a month due to changing minds over the emulsion colour so is fully dry. However we’ve started to paint and the lining paper is coming away? Any ideas?

  117. Admin Says:
    June 4th, 2015 at 8:03 pm


    Sounds as if there wasn’t enough paste on the paper and it dried out too quickly before adhering to the wall.

  118. Stacey Says:
    June 4th, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    I have a large crack in my wall which has caused the painted lining paper (put on several years ago and otherwise adheres really well to the walls). Can I just fill it in or do I have to strip the paper too. I am planning to just repaint the walls and suspect the plaster is not 100%under the lining paper although the walls apart from the crack look fine.

  119. Admin Says:
    June 4th, 2015 at 8:06 pm


    If you fill over the paper you aren’t really sorting out the issue. The filler really needs to go into the crack. Rake out crack and fill.

    It is always best to remove paper rather than fill over it. You could also damage the lining paper as you rub the filler down or fur it up, this would then show.

  120. Derek Says:
    June 22nd, 2015 at 12:09 am

    I believe it is ok to wallpaper over emulsion painted lining paper but can you size the lining paper to help slide when hanging the new wallpaper

  121. Admin Says:
    June 22nd, 2015 at 7:36 am

    Yes it’s ok to wallpaper over painted lined walls, and yes it’s ok to size them.

  122. Esme Says:
    July 2nd, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    I’ve got two short questions;
    1) I’ve removed the wallpaper in my living room, and what’s left is what I *think* is lining paper. How can I be sure it’s not backing paper? Is there a way of telling?

    2) The rest of the living room is painted on lining paper. Can I re-paint that (it’ll need several coats as it’s a very dark colour, and we’re going for a much lighter colour), or would it be best to strip the painted lining paper, apply new paper and then paint?

    Thanks in advance, and apologies if these questions have already been answered before.

  123. Admin Says:
    July 2nd, 2015 at 4:15 pm


    Lining paper is thicker than backing paper so the only real way is by looking and deciding which one it is, sorry no real way of knowing.

    You can paint over the rest of the lining paper, use a cheapish white or an obliterating emulsion to block out the colour, one coat maybe enough, then two of the new colour. If the paper that is on the wall is OK, I wouldn’t change it 🙂

  124. Esme Says:
    July 2nd, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Thanks for your fast response!

    I’ll have a proper look at home. The paper left on the wall is pretty smooth, without any traces of adhesive. It’s also the exact same width as the removed wallpaper, so I’m fearing it might be backing paper… :/ I guess I’ll try one or two strokes of lining paper over them and see how that goes. If it doesn’t come off, it’ll be good enough for me.

    Thanks again!

  125. Admin Says:
    July 2nd, 2015 at 4:46 pm


    I think it is backing paper also. Lining paper is typically 56cm wide whereas wallpaper and therefore backing paper will be 52 or 53cm.

  126. alan Says:
    July 8th, 2015 at 11:43 am

    if i paint over lining paper,will i still see the joins?

  127. Admin Says:
    July 8th, 2015 at 11:49 am


    Depends on how wide the gaps are. If they are 1-2 mm wide then yes they will more than likely show. You can a fine surface filler to fill the joints, rub down and then paint just be careful not to use a course sandpaper to rub down filler, otherwise you will rough up the paper and this would then show.

  128. alan Says:
    July 8th, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    if i paint lining paper and there are no gaps, will the joins show

  129. Admin Says:
    July 12th, 2015 at 4:03 pm



  130. Suzy Says:
    July 25th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    we’ve just lined our walls and painted with silk. air bubbles have appeared – will these go when its completely dry?

  131. Admin Says:
    July 25th, 2015 at 1:40 pm


    If they were not there before you painted they should dry out OK.

  132. Amanda Says:
    July 28th, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    I pulled down some wallpaper in a room I am repainting, as it was peeling and quite a mess. We found that there’s lining underneath. Some of the liner came off when we pulled the wallpaper down,but most of it stayed on. Will it be ok if I scrape the peeling parts off and paint over? I am worried that it will peel or BE a completely different color when all is said and done! -Thanks

  133. Admin Says:
    August 11th, 2015 at 3:44 pm


    If you scrape some lining paper off but not all of it there will be different levels on the wall and will show?

    The colour should be ok if painted with good quality paint and at least two coats.

  134. gonk Says:
    August 10th, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    hi –

    The bedroom wall has paint over lining paper – seems in good nick, but the paint has quite greasy hand prints etc.
    Should I clean the lining paper with sugar soap or will that damage the lining paper?


  135. Admin Says:
    August 11th, 2015 at 3:45 pm


    You can wash the lining paper with sugar soap, just don’t soak the paper too much otherwise it could start lifting and come off, just a damp cloth should suffice.

  136. Ruth Says:
    August 12th, 2015 at 8:17 am

    I’m going to do an area of chalkboard paint in my sons room. Should I still use lining paper on this area or is it best not to line it if it is to be chalked on?

  137. Admin Says:
    August 14th, 2015 at 2:06 pm


    It’s depends I guess, how much it will be used, it could get scratched a lot by the chalk? The paper should withstand it OK.
    Another solution is line walls and fit a board to the wall?

  138. Andy Says:
    August 23rd, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    I’ve peeled the vinyl wallpaper off my bedroom wall and have exposed the backing paper. It is well stuck down and smooth. Can I emulsion over the backing paper or should I remove it to reveal the bare plaster beneath (no lining paper) and then paint the bare plaster instead? Many thanks:-)

  139. Admin Says:
    August 24th, 2015 at 5:12 pm


    If it is stuck down OK then many people paint over the backing paper. You can paint over this if you wish, but try a small area to make sure it doesn’t lift or bubble, if it does you will have to remove it. If you do remove it and paint just the plaster with no lining paper ensure you get as much paste off as possible.

  140. David Skillings Says:
    August 26th, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    Hi there. I have just lined my walls with liling paper and gently rubbed down the fine surface filler within the 1mm gaps. would Acrylic paint be best for the first coat on the paper and filler ?.

  141. Admin Says:
    August 30th, 2015 at 4:48 pm


    You can use an acrylic paint, but I tend to use a bit of the colour I am going to paint the wall with to go over the filler, then a good two or three coats over the paper. As it is new paper it will soak in a fair amount.

  142. Kags Says:
    September 4th, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    The house I’ve moved into had a lot of marks/stains on the walls. I cleaned them all with sugar soap and painted with emulsion and while it does look a lot nicer there are still visible marks coming through the paint. If I hung lining paper and painted that would this make a difference or would the marks just show through this as well?

    Kind regards Kags

  143. Admin Says:
    September 17th, 2015 at 3:43 pm


    It depends on what type of marks they are. If it is water stain, damp or mold you need to sort this first. You shouldn’t need to hang lining paper to cover marks.

  144. Chris Says:
    September 21st, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    We have recently painted over lining paper. My wife has always used quite a small brush for emulsioning and never had problems before but this time even and after 3 coats, (one of a colour selected in error and 2 of the correct colour) there is significant shading. It almost looks as of you can see the brush strokes in the paint. When viewed from front on it is not as bad but on the stairway with a side on view it is very noticeable. Is it possible that a roller would be more suitable and do you think a further coat would solve the problem? The paint has been on for 2 months now so is completely dry despite the number of coats!

  145. Admin Says:
    September 23rd, 2015 at 3:16 pm


    Yes I think a roller would solve this problem, I find it far easier and quicker to cover large areas with a roller, it also avoids the shading or patchiness you mention.

  146. mark Says:
    October 5th, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    I have a papered ceiling in my lounge which is an embossed anaglypta type paper painted in white emulsion. i want to change the paper for a different patterned/embossed one. the ceiling paper is sound but i’m not keen about stripping it off as i’m not sure of the state of the ceiling underneath (it does look sound though)- i think it may be lathe and plaster and i dont want to open up a can of worms when i strip the paper off! so i was wondering about papering over it. i was thinking of lining it first and then putting the new paper up so the original embossed pattern wouldnt show through the new paper.
    i know you should really take the old paper off first but do you think this would work?

  147. Admin Says:
    October 7th, 2015 at 6:49 pm


    The more layers of paper the more likely you are going to have problems. Will the new paper definitely cove the old pattern?

    If it was my house or job I would take it off and start from scratch.

  148. mark Says:
    October 9th, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    been thinking about it and i’m actually not sure about papering over anyway as the original embossed pattern may leave some air pockets under the lining paper so i think i’m going to have to bite the bullet with it and strip the old stuff off. Thanks for the reply though.

  149. Admin Says:
    October 10th, 2015 at 1:36 pm


    Probably the best option in the end 🙂

  150. stephen Says:
    October 16th, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    The problem i found on cold outer walls are that there tends to be some faint yellow ‘spots’ appear like on the pages of old books presumably from damp. This only seems a problem since being lined as maybe the paper is prone to absorb any damp?

  151. Admin Says:
    October 17th, 2015 at 1:38 pm


    Could be from damp or something on the wall surface.

  152. stephen Says:
    October 19th, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    is it worth painting it with a sealer before re-emulsioning?

  153. Admin Says:
    October 19th, 2015 at 4:37 pm


    I can’t see the need?

  154. David hudson Says:
    October 28th, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    Is it OK to use surplus external satin white paint for wood and metal on an inside(porch) brick wall, or is it best to use matt emulsion (need to buy)

    Appreciate your thoughts


  155. Admin Says:
    October 28th, 2015 at 2:21 pm


    Yes I don’t see why not. I prefer to use masonry paint or a oil based paint in porches if possible as they can get dirty or cold and damp.

  156. james litterick Says:
    November 6th, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    i was wondering about your opinon of plaster paint. i have recently moved house and i have had to strip all the walls in the entire house as the previous tennant has intentionally pealed off one strip of wallpaper in each room 🙁 so they are all stripped now and i was intending on puting up 1000 grade lining paper and then painting. however i have read some good reviews about lining paper as an alternative? any thoughts. also is 1000 grade lining paper ok as im new to decor and im a little worried about hanging lining paper and making a mess.

  157. Admin Says:
    November 7th, 2015 at 3:46 pm


    If the walls are OK, do some prep work and simply paint. If the walls need lining 1000 grade is thin but could be OK. whatever grade you use make sure you soak it for around 10 minutes each sheet and use plenty of good quality paste.

  158. Neal Says:
    November 14th, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    The walls in a number of our rooms have hairline cracks that are visible through the old lining paper that has been emulsioned over by the previous owners. I stripped the lining papers and repaired the cracks . We also had rewiring and had casings done and replastered.
    End result is that we have a number of 4 inch vertical and diagonal areas of exposed plaster whilst remaining areas of walls have pretty sound lining paper.
    Should I:
    Strip all Lining paper off?
    Patch the areas with strips of lining paper
    Use thin coat of filler to try to level strips to remaining sound lining paper

    Before repainting.


  159. Admin Says:
    November 19th, 2015 at 3:16 pm


    If it was my house, I would strip paper and re-line or strip and then fill and paint.

    Trying to patch with strips of lining paper would be tricky and more than likely show.
    Filler may do the job but could damage paper whilst rubbing filler down.

  160. Laura Says:
    November 15th, 2015 at 9:13 am

    We have recently bought a new house, I think it’s either Edwardian or Victorian. We have had the master bedroom, bathroom, hallway, landing, stairs and reception rooms stripped of their wall paper, and have found mixed things underneath. I have a few questions:

    1. The master bedroom has horizontally placed lining paper which seems in good condition but has been ripped in some areas when the wallpaper was removed, should we remove all of the lining paper and start again? Or just replace the. Torn or scuffed areas with sections of new lining paper?

    2. The bathroom walls are back to a mixture of original lime plaster and then modern plaster that has ben skimmed in the bottom half leaving a ledge, I do not want to put lining paper in the bathroom, what is the best way to prep the walls before painting to get an even finish?

    3. The reception rooms are back to the old lime plaster, this is a little uneven and rough, is it best to replaster or just line over this? In some areas the plaster has been pulled away leaving defects.

    4. The hallway, landing and stairwell seem to be in slightly better condition, possibly more modern plaster, with a dadoe rail in place, is it best to just sand, prep and paint or would lining paper be best?
    Our decorator seems to want to just line everything, but has not mentioned prepping the walls at all first!
    I would really appreciate any help or advice you can offer, thank you!

  161. Admin Says:
    November 19th, 2015 at 5:15 pm


    Obviously your decorator has seen it, it is hard for me to say. Lining the walls will help ‘hold’ everything together as it were, and hide some of the defects in the plaster.

  162. sarafina samuel Says:
    November 27th, 2015 at 11:33 am


    I recently just remove the previous tenant paper to discover how terrible the walls are. I am actually trying to save money, so I am looking the easy way out. I was told I can cover the walls with lining paper and paint over it and that’s job done. Is it this simple. I just want to see the walls looking a bit better, that’s all. can you advice,

  163. Admin Says:
    November 29th, 2015 at 2:54 pm


    Lining paper will only cover so much and you still need to do preparation work. depends on how bad the walls are really.

  164. Rony Says:
    November 28th, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Hi there.

    I’m about to decorate my bedroom walls which have previously had vinyl silk painted on them (direct onto plastered walls). Who ever did the painting before did it with a brush so there are A LOT of brush marks giving a poor visual finish. I don’t want to roller over this as these brush marks will just show through again.

    I would like to hang lining paper and then put matt emulsion over that but my question is, Can you hang lining paper on vinyl silk walls ? My concern is that because the paint has quite a shine on it, the paste/paper wont stick.

    Thanks in advance.

  165. Admin Says:
    November 29th, 2015 at 2:57 pm


    Lining paper should stick to silk emulsion ok, you can give the walls a light rub down first with a fine sandpaper just to take the shine off a little.

  166. Chris Says:
    December 18th, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Hi there,
    will i need several coats of paint on lining paper or will one do? Is it best to put a base coat of cheap paint first on new lining paper & then apply 1 coat of the final paint?

    Thanks & great blog 🙂

  167. Admin Says:
    December 18th, 2015 at 3:52 pm


    i find you need two good coats to ensure good coverage, also the lining paper does tend to soak it up a bit. You can paint it first with a cheaper paint to seal it first then go over it with the colour. It will depend on brand, coverage and colour if you can finish with one coat over say a white base coat.

  168. Chris Says:
    January 12th, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    Hi. The seal has gone on my double glazing causing moisture to run down lining paper causing a horrible water stain. We will be replacing windows in a few months but am looking for a temporary measure to cover this.

  169. Admin Says:
    January 13th, 2016 at 5:11 pm


    A stain blocker and then re-emulsion.

  170. paul Says:
    January 22nd, 2016 at 11:06 am

    9 months ago I hung lining paper and painted it with crown white matt in a bedroom. A black mark has appeared about the size of a 50p, 18″ down and 4 foot into the room on an internal wall. We have no damp or ventilation issues in the house, could the paper or paint be faulty as it appears to be on he surface not from behind the paper.

  171. Admin Says:
    January 22nd, 2016 at 2:42 pm


    I would think most likely it is something behind the lining paper. I wouldn’t think it is either the paint or paper at fault? Could there of been something on the wall before papering? Best to stain block it a re-paint / touch up this area.

  172. Anna Says:
    February 1st, 2016 at 12:57 pm


    First of all, I would like to say that I found your website very helpful and informative. Apologies if you had answer this question, but can I paint over painted lining paper if there are marks on it, such as something was taped to the wall and when they took it off it ripped out a little bit of lining paper. Also, as this is an old lining paper how do I deal with raised bumps which are already there.

    Thank you

  173. Admin Says:
    February 1st, 2016 at 1:30 pm


    Glad you like the site, and will share with your friends 🙂

    You can paint over previously painted lining paper, where tape etc has been removed and torn the paper use a fine surface filler to fill these in, rub (gently) smooth and then paint. As for the raised bumps I’m guessing it is filler or rawl plugs under the paper, not as easy to remedy unless taking lining paper off and re papering. You could cut lining paper around the bump and remove to see what it is, then rectify it and fill over it before painting.

  174. Anne Says:
    February 11th, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    Hi, a few years ago, I had a decorator put up lining paper and then he emulsioned it. Today, I emulsioned it and some of the seams have opened up. Why did this happen and what is the best way to stick them down without makin a gluey mess. Thank you.

  175. Admin Says:
    February 12th, 2016 at 4:36 pm


    It sounds like there wasn’t enough paste on the joints, or they simply dried out.

    Take a knife, carefully lift the edge of the paper, apply overlap/border adhesive to wall and underside of paper, allow to soften paper and stick back, squeeze out excess adhesive with scraper, wipe of excess. Allow to dry and then re-paint.

    Hope that helps?

  176. Anne Says:
    February 13th, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Thank you so much for replying. We’ll try that tomorrow.

  177. carl Says:
    February 23rd, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    Is it ok to paint over with silk emulsion. ?

  178. Admin Says:
    February 25th, 2016 at 2:22 pm


    Yes it is Ok to paint over silk emulsion. Sometimes the paint you apply may crack, I say sometimes as this has only happened twice to me in 20 years, you can key the surface to remove some of the sheen before painting.

  179. Neil moore Says:
    March 5th, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    We’ve just moved into a flat which has textured Anaglypta,we cannot strip it because it’s stuck onto plasterboard. When we have tried the board paper and plaster start to come away. Could we put thick lining paper onto it to make it smooth and then paint it.

  180. Admin Says:
    March 18th, 2016 at 3:46 pm


    I never paper over paper. Soak the paper well, leave it for a while, then soak it again. Then leave again and try then. If the paper is soaked it should come of, just take your time and go carefully not to damage the underneath.

  181. Bernie Says:
    April 7th, 2016 at 10:53 am

    We have just removed the wallpaper and its backing paper in our lounge. The walls are stud partition with plaster board. The plaster board has been painted sometime in the past. We have used a scraper to remove the paint that was flaking, but where the paint is still sound there is a ‘ridge’ between the remaining paint and the bare plasterboard. We want to emulsion the walls but know that these ridges will still be visible. Short of applying litres of paint remover or trying to lightly smooth the edges with filler and risk rubbing off the surface of the plasterboard do you have any suggestions. Is lining paper the only solution?

  182. Admin Says:
    April 7th, 2016 at 5:14 pm


    You could skim fill the walls and then sand down, apply a sealing coat of emulsion then paint colour. This can be time consuming though. A good quality lining paper should cover it if you go this route.

  183. Mary Watson Says:
    June 3rd, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Hi I have bought striped wallpaper for a feature wall and would like to hang it horizontally. which direction should I hang lining paper as this is a chimney breast wall which I have filled and sanded ( still not perfect) Thanks in advance for help.

  184. Admin Says:
    June 3rd, 2016 at 1:45 pm


    Typically lining paper is wider (56cm) than wallpaper (52/53cm) so it shouldn’t matter which way you hang it, as long as the joints of the lining paper and wallpaper fall on the same place. Hanging the lining paper vertically maybe easier also and that way you will be cross lining.

    Hope that helps

  185. Jane m Says:
    June 11th, 2016 at 8:24 am

    I have just recently moved into a house and there is lining paper everywhere. My sister painted the bathroom for me and i went to clean the other day and the paint just wiped off thd wall. Do you know the reason for this?

  186. Admin Says:
    June 11th, 2016 at 4:07 pm


    It’s hard to say not seeing it for myself.
    Was the paint shiny before it was painted over? When you say wiped off, did it peel of come off on a cloth for example. What was it over painted with.

    My only guesses are the new paint was a non vinyl and it is coming off when damp and wiped, or the original paint was shiney and it the new paint is peeling off, this could be because the surface wasn’t prepared. But like I say hard to say without seeing.

    The solution I’m guessing would be to either repaint in a vinyl or bathroom paint, strip lining paper off and re-line and paint.

  187. Paul Says:
    July 2nd, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    Hi I’m having difficulty painting my lining paper. I am using a Matt emulsion with a roller but it appears to not be taking the paint in sections any advice?

  188. Admin Says:
    July 2nd, 2016 at 3:34 pm


    You don’t say if the lining paper is new or previously painted.
    I would paint the areas that aren’t taking to well, leave to dry fully and then coat again, do this until covered, then give one more coat over the entire wall.

    Could there be a contaminant on the paper which is why it isn’t taking well.

  189. Paul Says:
    July 3rd, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    Apologises, the lining paper is new. I watered down the paint a little and it seems to be taking it a little better. There are still several patches on the lining paper that still won’t take paint though.
    I will try to paint just those areas, let it dry and then apply another coat.

  190. Admin Says:
    July 3rd, 2016 at 5:18 pm


    Was there any adhesive left on the face of the paper? If a ready mixed paste was used and left on the face of the paper it may cause a problem.

    Hope you get it sorted.

  191. Fran Says:
    July 5th, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    Hi my son has decided to paint the room in his flat the walls were cream colour beforehand and he’s painting them white now using a Matt emulsion.. I think he has used too much paint because a large area has come away .. He’s made the mistake of peeling the paint off thus taking the lining paper off and revealing the plaster underneath.. Now will this area have to be lined again or could he just wait for it to totally dry and sandpaper down the edges of the paint and re paint the area ? Any help is very much appreciated.. Thank you

  192. Admin Says:
    July 9th, 2016 at 1:58 pm


    The best solution would be to re-line. Filling and or sanding down the edges may still result in the patch being visible.

  193. Iain Says:
    August 9th, 2016 at 12:04 pm


    I’ve just lined a room that was previously painted with a gloss type paint in years past with lining paper (vertically) ahead of emulsion. However, my wife has now seen a wallpaper she wants to put on one wall that is a paste-the-wall type.

    I’m no fan of wallpapering as it is and have never used PTW before. Can I use it as directed without fear of a massive foul up, or should I treat the application differently somehow (e.g. just paste it as normal)? I’m concerned that the lining paper will make for an unstable base once soaked with adhesive again.


  194. Admin Says:
    August 10th, 2016 at 3:22 pm


    As long as the lining paper is stuck well and dry it should be OK to paste the wall. I prefer to paste the paper myself even for paste the wall, but it’s personal preference really.

  195. Carole Says:
    August 23rd, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    We’ve just decorated my sons bedroom with lining paper but there are still patches of wet paper in odd areas.(24 hours ago)Some of the areas that are still wet were painted with a damp seal paint but some have dried . When will we be able to paint the walls and will it affect it if we paint over the wet parts.


  196. Admin Says:
    August 25th, 2016 at 8:18 am


    The damp seal paint is holding back the moisture from soaking into the wall, so it has to dry out woulds. This takes longer hence the damp patches still.

    Give it time to dry out fully. Also, when you emulsion the walls these areas will take longer to dry out. Ensure the emulsion dries fully between coats.

    Once dry there shouldn’t be any problems.

  197. Lionel Baird Says:
    August 25th, 2016 at 11:37 am

    Is it best to brush paint or use a roller on lineing paper to get the best finish.
    cheers Lionel.

  198. Admin Says:
    August 25th, 2016 at 11:43 am


    Roller. Brushes can leave it patchy, stripes and brush marks. Rollers will give s far more even coat. And it’s quicker.

  199. Lyn Says:
    August 25th, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    I’ve stripped very old, emulsioned embossed wallpaper off my parents bedroom wall today and discovered even older (but well done) painted lining paper underneath. I’m happy to paint over this but it is covered in gunky and sticky old wallpaper paste. Can you tell me the most effective way to remove this? I’m thinking sugar soap, but would I need to rinse it off before painting? I don’t know what the paint is on the lining paper but it must be at least 40 years old.
    If I do manage to remove the old paste, would a modern matt emulsion react to it?
    Many thanks!

  200. Admin Says:
    August 25th, 2016 at 9:32 pm


    Sugar soap should remove old paste. Be aware that with the amount of water used may lift the lining paper. If it’s still sound when you have removed paste allow the wall and lining paper to dry fully for 24-48 hours before emulsioning. Should be ok.

  201. Suzy Says:
    September 4th, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    I’m renovating an old Victorian cottage that has thick lining paper on the living room ceiling which has several ripples/ long bubbles. Can it be repaired or do I need to strip it all off? I’m worried that it might take off the old lath and plaster with it and could be a big job as remainder of room is covered with lining paper too…
    Any advice gratefully received!

  202. Admin Says:
    September 5th, 2016 at 1:26 pm


    Rather than removing all the lining paper and disturbing the ceiling you could cut out the affected area and make good. It will be hard to know the thickness of the original paper to match up with so maybe filling over the removed area would be best?

  203. Rose Says:
    September 5th, 2016 at 1:42 am

    Hi. I have a good idea of what to do from all of the great answers here. However, I just want to make sure that I understand completely what it is that I need to do. Our family room walls were paneled; actually more of a wide bead board, and the indentations are minimal, much less than 1/4 inch. We’ve removed two walls of paneling and scraped off the very old wallpaper. The walls are not in great shape so we are going to patch, sand and apply liner paper.

    A few questions:
    After applying the liner paper, we are going to paint using a similar color to compliment the wallpaper, in case of any gaps. Do we need to apply anything else to the painted liner before wallpapering? Do we have to apply sizing after painting, or can we paste and wallpaper directly onto the painted liner paper?

    We are thinking about leaving the bead board up on one wall and covering it with the liner paper and then applying the wallpaper. Do we need to apply anything to the beadboard first? It is in good condtion and I don’t think that the lines in the beadboard will show through the liner paper.

    Thanks very much.

  204. Admin Says:
    September 5th, 2016 at 1:23 pm


    Do we need to apply anything else to the painted liner before wallpapering?


    Do we have to apply sizing after painting, or can we paste and wallpaper directly onto the painted liner paper?


    We are thinking about leaving the bead board up on one wall and covering it with the liner paper and then applying the wallpaper. Do we need to apply anything to the beadboard first?

    no as long as surface is sound it should be OK

  205. Suzy Says:
    September 5th, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    Thanks very much. Will try that. It seems quite thick paper so filler might work if I can get it to stick to the ceiling!

  206. Shelly Says:
    September 12th, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    Hi can you hang lining paper over lining paper horizontal twice ? I’ve already put 1 layer up but the walls are uneven and it’s showing discrepancies underneath. I was wondering if I could put another layer over the top ? The paper is 1400 grade. Thanks

  207. Admin Says:
    September 12th, 2016 at 7:25 pm


    It would be better to line the second paper in the other direction. You can do it the same way, just make sure the joints of new paper doesn’t fall on first as it may lift first when drying.

    Ensure first layer is fully dry before adding second layer.

  208. Shelly Says:
    September 12th, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    I meant I’ve hung it vertical already. Can I put another layer vertically ?

  209. Craig Says:
    September 28th, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    Hi – Is it possible to paint directly over old wall paper or should the walls have fresh lining paper applied first? Tks

  210. Admin Says:
    September 29th, 2016 at 4:14 pm


    You can paint over old wallpaper, if it is sound and well stuck.
    Zinsser make a paint for this called wallpaper cover up, it is designed specifically for this. The company will be stocking it in the next week or so : My Paintbrush

    Hope that helps

  211. Robert Says:
    January 19th, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Hi, we want to emulsion a lounge where the previous owner had both smoked and not redecorated in about 40 years. The ceiling is very, very dirty but extremely well papered with lining paper. How can we clean this without making the lining paper peel off?

  212. Admin Says:
    January 21st, 2017 at 3:18 pm


    I would use sugar soap to wash it over first, don’t soak the paper and it should be ok, then seal using a primer to hold back the nicotine stain with something like Zinsser Bulls eye 1-2-3, or Zinsser B-I-N primer.

  213. Kyle edwards Says:
    January 26th, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    Ive removed wall paper of carefully on my wall but I want to paint over the lining paper it has the old paste on from the wallpaper that was on can I paint it still with it on or. An someone recommend something to put on it before I try painting it?

  214. Admin Says:
    January 27th, 2017 at 4:30 pm


    You could dry washing the paste off with sugar soap then try an area with emulsion when dried.

  215. julie Says:
    January 28th, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    hi we painted the kitchen ceiling. it has lining paper from 20 years ago, but after painting, the paper peeled off the ceiling. we stuck it back with glue but now a slight gap has appeared. Any suggestions as to why this happened and what to do next?

  216. Admin Says:
    January 28th, 2017 at 4:01 pm


    Wait until the paper and paint has fully dried out, such as overnight. Then fill the gap with a fine surface filler. Allow to dry, rub down and re-paint.

  217. Pete Says:
    February 4th, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    I removed wallpaper, liner underneath,how do I clean liner and what type of paint is best. water based or oil based???


  218. Admin Says:
    February 5th, 2017 at 2:29 pm


    If the lining paper is in good condition and stuck well to the wall still, typically you use water based emulsion.

  219. Dave Says:
    February 6th, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Great informative site, thanks Admin

  220. phil Says:
    February 25th, 2017 at 11:03 am

    I’ve painted over paper in a hallway, it looks fine except for a 4 inch paper border half way up the wall that runs horizontally for its length, the edge where the border sits on top of the wallpaper shows through the paint quite clearly. so you can see the border edge top and bottom all the way along. it looks what it is, a border thats been painted. How can i get rid of the edges that are showing, more coats of paint, apply a filler, strip the whole wall back to plaster and put lining paper up.



  221. Admin Says:
    February 25th, 2017 at 1:42 pm


    The best option would be to strip wallpaper and border and then line the walls and emulsion.

  222. phil Says:
    February 25th, 2017 at 11:48 am

    the previous house owner has blocked up a doorway and done some DIY plastering around the door frame. the plastering is pretty poor and is showing as various lumps and bumps through the paper (we didnt notice it was this bad until we took the heavy duty top paper layer off)

    how can i get the walls smooth, do i sand the plaster down or just put a heavy grade lining paper on and paint over it…..



  223. Admin Says:
    February 25th, 2017 at 1:43 pm


    Sanding and filling.

  224. Charlie Says:
    July 7th, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    I had all walls in living room lined recently and all looked good till i painted them, now i can see all the jointing lines and some have lifted. I have tried gluing them back down, filler and rubbed them flat and only saved one wall (no matter how much paint i put over the joints. Is it possible for me to just reline over the painted stuff without having to remove it all. Its painted with vinyl matt.

  225. Admin Says:
    July 8th, 2017 at 1:24 pm


    Yes you can reline over the painted lining paper as long as it is sound and well stuck. If filling the joints hasn’t worked. One thing to note, make sure the new joints do not fall on the under lining paper joints as it may lift the first lot of joints.

  226. Cristopher Wandell Says:
    January 13th, 2018 at 12:31 am

    This actually answered my problem, thank you!

  227. Davina Says:
    November 1st, 2018 at 11:13 pm

    Hello. Our room has lining paper and was painted by the previous owners. At the edges of the chimney breast there are small areas where paint is flaking from the lining paper Is there anything I can do to repair this before painting over? We are trying to avoid hanging more paper as beyond my very limited diy skills. Thank you.

  228. Admin Says:
    November 2nd, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    It is hard to say without seeing it, but firstly try and resolve the cause of the problem, such as any damp, mould etc.

    The remove the loose paint to a hard edge, use fine filler to feather the edge out and when dry, rub down and re-paint. You could use a product such as peel stop to help prevent any further peeling.
    Hope that helps 🙂

  229. dave A Says:
    November 9th, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    would ‘Polycell 3 in 1 Basecoat’ or ‘Zinsser Off white Matt Wallpaper cover up paint’ be a good basecoat paint to paint on lining paper

  230. Admin Says:
    November 10th, 2018 at 1:34 pm


    Yes, either of these are OK, but I wouldn’t use either on lining paper unless there is a reason for it. If the walls are lined why do you need to use a basecoat? The polycell is to help cover over minor imperfections (on bare walls), and the Zinsser is meant to go over wallpapered walls (to cover up the printed pattern).

    If new lining paper, 2-3 coats of emulsion should be sufficient. If previously painted, again 2-3 coats of emulsion should do (depending on colour changes etc).

  231. Lavonia Netherland Says:
    March 30th, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    Some genuinely choice blog posts on this site, saved to my bookmarks .

  232. Robet Says:
    April 29th, 2019 at 2:37 am

    Hi quick question, the wood chip on the ceiling had a long crack come through, I have removed all the wood chip and filled the gap, I intend to cover the ceiling with 1000 grade lining paper, and paint with a white Matt, however I was wondering once I have feathered the crack can I paint the crack with expandable white paint and then line the ceiling, or should I paint the area once lined, I guess my main question is would the lining paper have difficulty sticking to the expandable paint? I was thinking I should do it before and after lining it but not to sure, any advice would be greatly appriciated. 🙂

  233. Admin Says:
    April 29th, 2019 at 2:51 pm


    I would line the ceiling first, and then paint, just in case of any issues of the paper adhering to the expandable paint.

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