There seems to be misinformation out that when a manufactured home or trailer house has vinyl walls, then it must remain that way. That is just not true and it actually lowers your property value. The good news is that it can be changed easily and at a reasonable cost without having to drywall the room. The same is true for site built homes as well. You can also texture over paneling, and virtually any kind of wall without having to do new drywall if the wall is in reasonable shape.
- The first step is to Remove all all decor, light switch and plug in covers and anything such as nails or screws used to hang decor on the wall.
- pop off all those vinyl covered wooden trim boards. a slot screwdriver is just the trick for prying these up. After they are all removed, use a hammer to pound in any remaining nails that are sticking up.
- It is best to remove the vinyl wallpaper. You can see how to do this in my post about Homemade Wallpaper Remover. If the wallpaper is ripping drywall away or won't come away then it is acceptable to texture over the top of it. I have done this with success many times. Keep in mind that if the wallpaper comes away easily then the texture is only on as good as the glue that holds your wallpaper up.
- Use mesh tape to cover all the cracks, holes, and corners (inside and outside). Then use joint compound (buy it pre-made it is so much easier!) to cover all the places you have taped with a putty knife. I try to get this as smooth as possible on this step because I hate sanding. If you have a deep hole then you may need to do this several times and allow it to dry each time before adding more till it is adequately filled. Allow this to dry before next step.
- If you have a large hole to cover then there are some great patch repair pieces you can purchase that have a piece of aluminum and mesh tape to cover the hole with. They come in a variety of sizes. Just use a putty knife to cover these areas just as you would plain mesh tap.
- If you are rolling on texture or planning a smooth wall then you will need to sand all the rough areas after they are completely dry. If you are troweling on texture you can skip this part.
- There are several ways you can texture on this step. You can purchase roll on texture in the paint section and roll it on with a paint roller, or you can apply joint compound with a trowel and then use several options to give it the desired texture effect. I like to roll it on but I also like to trowel it on. Roll on texture looks much like orange peel texture. In this case we used a trowel on texture. You can find the joint compound pre-made in the drywall section of the store. You can buy it to mix up yourself but this is messy and not worth the difference in price in my opinion.
Here is an example of rolled on texture rolled only once.
There are other ways of changing up your texture that involve a broom, long bristled brush etc. but I tend to stay away from those because of the mess and because I really like the choices above.
Texture needs to dry at least 24 hours before painting. It is best to paint with a primer first and then a paint. I have used the paints with primer in them with success on this kind of project too.
Now you know the process to changing vinyl wallpaper or paneling into a textured wall the simple way.
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