Wallpaper removal has become more popular as of late when homes are being updated. Many older homes have wallpaper as old as the home itself. When updating your home removing this outdated wall covering and having a smooth unflawed wall to paint can change the look and feel of the entire room.  In order to achieve this unflawed smooth finish, you will need proper removal and preparation on these walls which is best left to the professionals.

Hiring a professional to complete your wallpaper removal is pivotal in what your result will look like. Proper products, techniques, preparation, and protection are some of the most important factors in removing old wallpaper from your home. The big question is what is under the wallpaper in your home. If you home was built before 1978 there could be lead particles under the wallpaper which is extremely dangerous to inhale. There can also be unfinished or damaged drywall or plaster which will require proper repairs for a smooth finish.

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The preparation of the area where the wallpaper is being removed is the first step in properly removing any wallpaper. Protecting the floors, trim, lighting and furniture is step one.  Using the correct chemical and removal process to ensure the lease amount of damage to the underlying wall is step two. Once the wallpaper is all removed (which can take hours to days depending on the glue that was used) you must make sure all remaining glue and adhesives are removed and sealed for new paint adhesion. The last step in the process is repairing the drywall or plaster for a smooth finish once the new coating is applied. This generally includes mudding, floating or small drywall replacement (if there are holes in the walls) then sanding.

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Priming your walls before the final coating will help ensure the topcoat of paint will adhere properly and last. Using the correct primer is best left for the professionals as some types of primers can cause exposure to high VOC’s which will result in headaches, dizziness, nausea, and difficulty breathing. Proper ventilation and personal protection must be followed to avoid any sickness. Once the walls are primed properly it will be time for the final coating. Choosing a low sheen or matte finish paint will give your walls the flawless finish look to complete your project.

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Why Is Drywall Repair Before Interior Painting Important?

If you’re thinking about delaying your drywall repair or decide to paint over the damage, you take the risk of your topcoat paint flaking off. The look of your home interior and completed paint job will also suffer from holes, crack, and other aesthetic flaws.

Hiring a professional drywall repair service before interior painting is essential for these reasons and others:

  • Repairing cracks, holes, and dents in your drywall will result in a smoother interior paint application that lasts. A smooth fresh paint application performed by a professional painting company like Top Shelf Painting and Improvement Specialists can enhance the entire look and feel of your home interior.
  • Drywall Repair leaves the elements outside where they belong. The most important function of your home is that it keeps wind, moisture, pests, and insulation from entering your home. But when your drywall develops holes or cracks, these things can get inside your house.
  • Cold or warm outdoor air exposure due to cracks and holes in drywall can negatively impact energy efficiency. This can leave you with larger electric and gas bills.
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