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Ask the Carey Brothers

Home Q&A.BY MORRIS AND JAMES CAREYTHE ASSOCIATED PRESSQuestion: I have grass cloth covering the walls in my dining and living rooms. Rather than remove the grass cloth, I would like to paint over it. Does it have to be prepared prior to painting? Should I use oil base or latex paint? – EarlAnswer: Our personal taste causes us to recommend that you not paint grass cloth, but rather brighten it by slowly and carefully vacuuming the entire surface. But if you must paint, you may use either oil or latex paint with certain cautions: use a flat (not shiny) finish; thin the paint (two parts paint to one part thinner or water; and apply the paint with a sprayer in very thin applications.Use very thin layers of paint, checking the result after each layer dries to ensure you get the effect you want. Applying wet coat over wet coat is not recommended for two reasons: the net effect of paint can’t be determined until it dries and getting the surface too wet may de-laminate the paper from the wall.

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