Zinsser Wallpaper Cover-Up
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Zinsser Wallpaper Cover-Up


Zinsser Wallpaper Cover-Up is an all-in-one primer, sealer & stain block with high hiding power that obliterates wallpaper print with a smooth matt, off-white finish.

  • Prevents blistering of wallpaper 
  • Blocks water soluble stains 
  • Ensures good adhesion 
  • One coat
  • Economical
  • Decorative
  • It can be overpainted with any conventional emulsion the same day

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£44.74 (inc. VAT)
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Painting over old or heavily decorated wallpaper can be problematic. In older builds, residential homes, public houses, hotels, bed and breakfasts, etc. the downtime and problems involved with stripping off wallpaper completely can be time consuming and re-open surface problems the wallpaper may be covering and protecting – such as dark surface colour from a legacy paint job, uneven surfaces or graffiti. In situations like this, many property owners, project and general managers choose to paint over the wallpaper. This can also be difficult, but with the right Zinsser product, almost any decorative maintenance work can be successfully completed.

Zinsser Wallpaper Cover-Up is an all-in-one primer, sealer & stain block with high hiding power that obliterates wallpaper print with a smooth matt, off-white finish. For time-saving and money-saving purposes, it is the smart way to paint over wallpaper. For a high-quality, decorative finish on previously papered walls where you do want to do any wallpaper stripping, but require a primed and sealed white surface to apply a fresh colour or coat of emulsion to, buy Wallpaper Cover-Up

Recommended Uses

  • Hotel rooms
  • Restaurant decor
  • Residential homes
  • Care homes
  • Pubs
  • Nightclubs
  • Bars

Wallpaper can be problematic to paint over, due to adhesion issues. Staining, or direct application of normal emulsions can create bubbles or blisters on the wallpaper. Zinsser Wallpaper Cover-Up can be applied directly to wallpaper to protect it from the moisture of emulsion, and in just one coat it easily creates a new, well adhered surface with stain blocking properties that can be painted  over the same day! Transform any wallpapered surface with minimal downtime.


For best results, ensure surface is smooth, clean, dry and free from any surface contaminants. Wallpaper must be well adhered to the surface.


Stir thoroughly before use. Apply when temperature is between 10-30°C to ensure proper drying. Best results are achieved by roller application – Use a short pile (up to 5mm) mohair or microfibre roller. Apply evenly and avoid overspreading. If applying by brush, load generously and avoid overspreading. For very dark wallpapers or those which have a contrasting print, obliteration can be improved by using a ‘wet on wet’ roller technique. 15-30 minutes after application, roll over the applied surface again using a lightly loaded roller.


  • For best results, limit brush application to ‘cutting in’. 
  • Avoid using a heavy pile roller – short pile gives a smoother, more even finish. 
  • Ensure application area is well ventilated to facilitate drying.

Please note: Errors and omissions excepted (E&OE). It is your responsibility to read all data sheets (available upon request) prior to application. The specification given above is our best recommendation from the information supplied and is given in good faith but without warranty. We recommend a trial area is coated to ensure the product meets your requirements.

Product Details

Data sheet

For Use By
Consumer Use
Interior / Exterior Use
For Use On
Application Method
Standard / Ready Mixed
Pack Size
Brush, Roller
5-8m² per litre
Touch Dry
2-4 Hours
UN Number
Exterior / Interior Use
Interior Use
Suitable For Use On
Application Method
Application Method
Application Method
Stain Blocking
Product Type
Primer & Sealer
Fastest Delivery
Next Working Day
Colour Family

Customer agrees that before placing an Order, Customer has read and understood the most up to date Product Data Sheet for the Product. Where we have access to the Product Data Sheet from the manufacturer, we will either provide a copy on request, or include a link to the Product Data Sheet available on the manufacturer’s website. Customer further agrees that we have no liability for any errors or omissions contained within the Product Data Sheets. For more information, please see our Terms & Conditions of Sale.

questions Andrea on 2023-04-07 21:55:58

Can I use this to block stains on wood and also a plastered wall too? Thanks

Answer from Rawlins’ Technical Team: 

No, this product is used to hide wall paper print and can be used to block water soluble stains. 

We would suggest Zinsser B-I-N for blocking most types of stains on internal plastered walls and timber. 

If the timber is external, this product should only be used to spot prime small areas.

questions Helene E. on 2023-02-07 01:17:59

Is this an oil based primer? Can we buy or ship it in Canada? Thank you, Helene

Answer from Rawlins’ Technical Team: 

This product is solvent based, unfortunately we can only ship within mainland UK at this time.

questions Robert Feal-Martinez on 2022-08-15 10:36:13

Will this product cover backing paper seams.

Answer from Rawlins’ Technical Team: 

Unfortunately no, this will only follow the contours of the substrate and not hide the seams.

questions Kristina on 2022-07-12 01:45:26

Can I purchase this product and have you ship it to the US?

Answer from Rawlins’ Technical Team: 

Unfortunately we can only ship to mainland uk at this time.

questions Angie on 2018-06-12 09:56:50

Can you use this to cover woodchip paper

Answer from Rawlins’ Technical Team: 

Zinsser Wallpaper Cover-Up would be fine for this. Wallpaper must be clean, sound and well adhered, apart from that it should go straight on. You can then overpaint using a coloured emulsion.

Note: Zinsser Wallpaper Cover-Up is not a high build product therefore it will not disguise the wood chip feature, this will still show through the paint coatings.

questions Linda on 2018-01-30 14:23:35

I want to cover both wallpaper and wood paneling. Can I use this on interior wood paneling?

Answer from Rawlins’ Technical Team: 

Assuming the panelling has been painted and there are no knots showing then yes Zinsser Wallpaper Cover-Up can be applied. If the panelling is varnished or bare timber, the knots will need to be sealed first with Zinsser B-I-N then the Wallpaper Cover-Up applied.

questions Pat Farmer on 2018-01-01 23:13:41
Question: Will this work on covering over vinyl wallpaper?
Answer from Rawlins’ Technical Team: 

Zinsser Wallpaper Cover-Up is fine on vinyl wallpaper, just the usual criteria, i.e. ensure surface is smooth, clean, dry and free from any surface contaminants. Wallpaper must be well adhered to the surface, etc. See the product data sheets in the 'DATASHEETS' tab for more information.

questions Laura on 2017-06-06 21:59:19
Question: Can I wallpaper over the top of this?
Answer from Rawlins’ Technical Team: 


questions John on 2017-01-03 19:00:34
Question: Can this product be used on any surface example wood as a primer?
Answer from Rawlins’ Technical Team: 

Zinsser Wallpaper Cover-Up can be used on all types of timber as a primer BUT interior wood surfaces only. Even with a good top coat on we would not advise using it for any external applications.


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Zinsser Wallpaper Cover-Up is only available with the shipping and delivery timescales listed below - please do not contact our Customer Support Team with enquiries about alternative or earlier shipping and delivery times.

Saturdays and Sundays, as well as Bank Holidays, are not classed as working days.

Orders placed after the cut-off for this product will not be processed for earliest dispatch until 9am the next working day.

All delivery costs below are excluding VAT

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