Paper Paneling

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Old 12-30-18, 01:31 PM
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Paper Paneling

We have some paneling in a small room that actually has paper on it - made to look like wood grain.
I made a mistake trying to wash it once and quickly found out that doesn't work.
Would it be safe to try to paint it? Should I possibly peel all the paper off first?
It's in good condition, no tears or peeling but I want to clean or paint it somehow.
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Old 12-30-18, 01:42 PM
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So does the paper dissolve when you tried to wash it? If so, it would likely dissolve with latex paint. Maybe wet it down and peel/scrape off the paper, sand, prime and paint.
 
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Yes, it dissolves. I put a small hole in it when I tried to wash it.
 
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Old 12-30-18, 01:53 PM
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The only possible way to save that 'paper' finish and paint would be to apply an oil base primer first.
 
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Zinnser Cover Stain should work then? Can't hurt to try it I guess, at the worst I have to peel it all off!
Thanks for the replies.
I have some scraps of it so maybe I'll experiment first.
 
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