green coating under old wallpaper


Postby pickycharlie » Tue Oct 09, 2007 2:20 pm

I am decorating a room in a house built 1912. Under the many layers of wallpaper there is a green powdery coating on the walls. Is this old paint? If so, if it is lead based paint can I paint over it with emulsion or a specialised paint or do I have to wallpaper. It is going to be a children's room so I want to make sure it will be safe.
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Postby pablo2 » Fri Oct 12, 2007 9:21 pm

Hello

It's unlikely to be lead as this was used for woodwork , most probable is distemper if the surface is chalky you will need to wash it down and apply a coat of Artex stabiliser then paint as normal.
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Postby pickycharlie » Sat Oct 13, 2007 8:32 pm

Thanks,

I think the walls are going to be a bit of a mess so I've been told best to put lining paper on. do i need to prime the wall first?
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