If the surface was painted prior to 1977, check to determine whether the paint contains lead. Lead may be harmful. Do not remove or sand paint without contacting local health officials for information on lead paint testing and safety precautions.

  • New walls: must be thoroughly cured, dry and primed.
  • Previously painted walls: Fill cracks or holes with patching paste, then sand smooth. Spot-prime the patches and prime all walls to be papered with Sherwin-Williams PreWallcovering Primer.
  • Walls with old wallpaper: Remove, patch, sand and clean. Be sure the old adhesive is gone and the walls are completely dry. Prime walls with Sherwin-Williams PreWallcovering Primer.
  • Prepare the room: Paint ceiling, windows, doors and trim, if needed. Paint 1-inch onto walls to avoid any gaps between the paint and wallpaper.

WARNING! Removal of old paint by sanding, scraping or other means may generate dust or fumes that contain lead. Exposure to lead dust or fumes may cause brain damage or other adverse health effects, especially in children or pregnant women. Controlling exposure to lead or other hazardous substances requires the use of proper protective equipment, such as a properly fitted respirator (NIOSH approved) and proper containment and cleanup. For more information, call the National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-LEAD (in U.S.) or contact your local health authority.