Kathy Lowe

03:53PM | 03/24/03
Member Since: 03/23/03
1 lifetime posts
Can I paint grasscloth? Purchased an older home; love the texture but the color won't do!!! Read one place that I can't paint; can only stain. Other advice says it is possible if I prime first. Still others say it can be done; but it sucks up an enormous amount of paint. Who do I believe and how am I sure before I put paintbrush to paper and possibly ruin this very expensive wall treatment. HELP!!!


01:12AM | 03/25/03
Member Since: 02/03/03
196 lifetime posts can paint grasscloth. It does use a tremendous amount of paint - and you must be careful.

You can use Glidden Ultra-Hide Gripper to prime it. Topcoat with two coats of Glidden Evermore/Ultra-Hide/Ralph Lauren - in a color and sheen of your choice.

Having said that, painted grasscloth - in my opinion - doesn't look very good - in fact it can look a great deal like faux grasscloth wallpaper - yuck!

Also - you need to test an area first - the chemicals in even latex paint can make the grasscloth come off.

I personally would either decorate around it - or remove it.

If you want a slightly textured wall - check out Ralph Lauren Linen Technique - it is easy to do - and it looks and FEELS! like Linen. Check it out at RLHOME.POLO.COM

Good Luck......

Mr. Paint


02:06PM | 03/25/03
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
To prime grasscloth and not worry about it coming down or the latex affecting you will need to use an oil based primer such as Zinsser Cover stain. Then you can finish with a flat latex to have an even look over the texture of the wallpaper.

I have seen it painted and it looks fine and it is darn sight easier than removing it.

Go for it.

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