Hanging non-woven wallpaper is the easiest way to hide minor irregularities in your interior walls or to cover up scuffs. With non-woven wallpaper, your walls are also better protected against knocks. To find out how to apply this type of wallpaper, do not hesitate to read this article. The next step? Give it some colour. Painting non-woven wallpaper is very easy, but there are some things you need to consider.

Buy quality paper

On the market, there are fibreglass wallpapers which are primarily intended to be capped. These are often mistaken for non-woven wallpapers. If you paint them, they will absorb a lot of paint, and you can hardly achieve a beautiful result. So always buy quality non-woven wallpaper. At Paintoutlet, we have designed non-woven fabrics to meet the requirements of professional painters, but also at the request of individuals. Non-woven fabrics are very easy to install, even in difficult places.

Wait long enough

If you just installed the wallpaper, you have to wait quite a while before you start painting it. In general, you can apply the primer the day after installation, but it all depends on the temperature and humidity of the room. If Universal Wall Glue is not completely dry, the fibre may swell if covered with a coat of water-based paint. A scenario that you prefer to avoid ...

Always use a primer

On the market, you will find “pre-painted” papers which supposedly do not need a primer. However, we always recommend applying a primer. Pre-painted wallpapers are a good marketing product, but they don't have to be efficient.

A base coat always gives a better result. Think about the glue residue that settled on the paper during the upholstery—or plastering to fill in the gaps. A primer will isolate your support and allow a more even end result. A primer will also save you time when applying the topcoat.

However, this layer does not necessarily have to be a 'lost' layer, which allows you to kill two birds with one stone. They give you a perfectly ready-to-paint surface, and you immediately have a coat in the colour of your choice. You save a topcoat!

CAUTION: Painting non-woven paper with a primer can sometimes cause a slight roughness of the surface. In this case, you can gently sand the painted wall (grit 220 or 320). This eliminates fibre residue and results in a smoother result. 

Painting Non-Woven Wallpaper: The Procedure To Follow 

Repaint non-woven paper

The great advantage of non-woven paper is that it is easier to adapt to changes in fashion. If you want a different colour, just pull out your brushes and get to work. Once you've applied a basecoat, you can finish with a wall paint of your choice; you can see varieties on our webpage

In short, always apply a primer first, regardless of the type of non-woven material.

Finish with a mural of your choice