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Can I paint the vinyl covered wallboard in a mobile home?
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Yes, you can. But, to be sure that you successfully hide the printed pattern on the wallboard and that the paint adheres securely to the wall, it’s important to take the time to clean and prime the surface first before applying your paint color.
Here’s the steps we recommend:
- Clean the the walls with a TSP or mild detergent solution. Then spackle any dings and areas of minor wall damage.
- Apply two coats of a stain-hiding primer, such as Zinsser 1-2-3, allowing the manufacturer’s recommended dry time between coats.
- Apply two coats of paint. You might want to choose a paint with embedded texture particles for a matte finish.
We don’t recommend removing the batten strips. The gap between boards has to be mudded with drywall joint compound, then sanded back flush to the adjacent wallboard surfaces, in order to eliminate the open seams. If you are a perfectionist, getting the seam line to completely disappear may drive you crazy. Applying a texture finish with a trowel and drywall mud over the entire wall surface is an alternative that eliminates some of the work trying to get the joints perfectly smooth; but texturing takes time too, and it may not be the look that you’re after.
Also, see our blog posts Why are there cracks in the wallboard in a mobile home after its moved? and Why is the floor tile cracked in my mobile home?
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