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Question DetailsAsked on 7/8/2017

We removed dark wallpaper from our bedroom walls.

The paper hanger painted the seam areas a dark blue to hide any seam shrinkage.. We are going to paint the walls. How do we deal with the stripe on the walls? The walls are plaster.

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Three ways -

1) prime coat that area - though if you don't prime the entire wall those stripes will have a different "take" of the paint than the rest of the wall so will likely look glossier and smoother than the rest of the field. Probably best to strip prime those locations, then general surface prime after that is dry to cover a dark blue - over straight plaster (assuming it was not painted before the wallpaper) best to use a filling plaster primer, which will be absorbed by the plaster to seal it too, because otherwise you will get uneven paint take on it. Best to hand-sand the surface smooth first (wet sanding commonly quickest).

2) sand the blue stripes off

3) if a "soft" and unsanded plaster (as opposed to sanded or "rock" plaster), use a plaster shaver or surform plane (about $10-15 at specialty and tile/plastering supplier stores, some places online) to "shave" the paint stripe off - though will need sanding afterward to even out the slight recess left by the shaver, so one of above probably best.

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