Asked on Apr 14, 2015

I want to make my wallpaper shine, can I put shellac on it?

Pamela Wells
by Pamela Wells
My wallpaper is dull looking to me and I would like put a shine on it . Can I use a clear shellac to achieve this or what can I use?
This is a part of my kitchen.
  13 answers
  • Katrina Warren Katrina Warren on Apr 14, 2015
    How much wallpaper do you have to do? Anything that would be painted onto it with a brush or roller might cause it to bubble, or start coming loose. I think the best option would be to spray it with thin coats of whatever you choose to give it a shine.
    • Pamela Wells Pamela Wells on Apr 15, 2015
      @Katrina Warren There is not a lot of wall space to deal with but I will do a tester spot behind the fridge or somewhere out of sight first.
  • Moxie Moxie on Apr 14, 2015
    I would test some left over paper on a board and spray with high gloss poly and see what it does
  • Barbara Barbara on Apr 15, 2015
    Depends on whether it is vinyl or paper. ?? Was the original finish flat or shiny? If flat and paper try some poly, if vinyl wipe down with Murphy's Oil cleaner and see if it brings the luster back.
    • Pamela Wells Pamela Wells on Apr 15, 2015
      @Barbara It is not vinyl wallpaper, just plain wallpaper. I forgot about Murphy's Oil Cleaner, thx!
  • Alita Knupp Kiss Alita Knupp Kiss on Apr 15, 2015
    If you don't need the whole thing to be shiny, just take some gold paint and a tiny paint brush and highlight the fruit and leaves where the light 'hits' them.
    • Pamela Wells Pamela Wells on Apr 16, 2015
      @Alita Knupp Kiss < That is a lot of painting and highlighting. I want all of the wallpaper done, Thx.
  • Vivian Vivian on Apr 15, 2015
    Pamela ... I would test a small area (behind the fridge) if there is paper there. I have used a product in the past made by Coronado Paints called "aqua plastic" it is a water base urethane. Low VOC, soap and water cleanup. It comes in different sheens so you can choose your shine. If your seams are popping or seperating, make you sure you glue them down with seam glue and a roller (both found at hardware store) ...Good Luck!
  • Shari Veater Shari Veater on Apr 15, 2015
    If you LOVE the paper and know it's a keeper, then go for it ...but doing a test patch is a good idea :)
  • Carolnohl Carolnohl on Apr 15, 2015
  • Pam Bolton Pam Bolton on Apr 15, 2015
    I would not use shellac as it yellows over time. If you want more shine, spray on poly would probably be the best option. However snything that is put on over the wallpaper could cause problems when you want to remove the wallpaper.
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    • Nancy J Nancy J on Aug 08, 2015
      I would try wiping or brushing on a transparent glaze, either clear or something with a pearlescent in it
  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Sep 02, 2021

    Hello, I would go with Mod Podge waterproof or external use.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Feb 04, 2024

    Try using ModPodge, but remember it will make it a little more difficult to remove when the time comes.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Feb 04, 2024

    Another vote for Modpodge, since it is technically a glue, removal eventually will be a bit tougher.

  • Janice Janice on Feb 04, 2024

    The best suggestion is to use ModPodge. It is available in different sheens and you can select the shiny. You can apply it with one of those sponge brushes so you won't need to cover all of the areas as you would with a spray product.