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Yes, go ahead and paint over it
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No, remove the wallpaper first.
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Question: Is it advisable to paint over wallpaper?
Top Answer (84% of 291 votes): No, remove the wallpaper first..

Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Do the job right the first time! Never paint over wallpaper as the wallpaper can lift, over time, and create a whole host of problems.
Linda Elkins Designs
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: If the wallpaper is in a good condition you can pain over it but i recommend not to. The reason is because wallpaper over time will start peeling so there for the paint will also.
Certified Painting Professionals
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Several ways to hide or take wallpaper down. Looks better taken down.
popes painting
ProMatcher
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: If you paint over wallpaper, paper must not be coming off of wall anywhere and seams must be floated. It is best to remove the wallpaper or the paper bubbles up.
BK Design Associates
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: It's just wrong and the wallpaper most likely will peel or bubble.
Arcadian Handyman
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Although the material may adhere to the wallpaper. Theres no guarantee that once the wallpaper gets wet the wallpaper itself may loose its adhesion.
S. Williams Painting
ProMatcher
Answer: Yes, go ahead and paint over it
Explanation: As long as you use a oil based primer it will work every time.
Scott's Painting
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Wallpaper will eventually peel off, thereby destroying the new paint.
Moonlight Murals & Framing
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: You want to remove the wallpaper first because the paint over time will start to flake off.
Colorado Concrete
ProMatcher
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Wallpaper will loosen and peel away.
TJT Solutions
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Most wall paper will take a stain sealer to block the coloring and you still run into a chance of wallpaper peeling off when it gets wet. But if you just remove the wallpaper then prime and paint with no issues.
Complete Home Painting, LLC
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: It really depends on your vision for the space. You absolutely CAN paint over wallpaper if you're using a faux technique or want to incorporate the texture of the paper into the new design. Murals can be painted over wallpaper too. BUT...If the goal is a normal looking wall, remove the wallpaper. Carefully. And repair any damage before painting.
Amber Reese Painting
ProMatcher
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: The only time it's advisable to paint over wallpaper is to oil base prime the wallpaper prior to appling latex top coat
Covell and sons painting
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Wallpaper will eventually peel over time, ruining any layer of paint used to cover.
Johnnyfin Paints
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Wallpaper has the tendency to swell and bubble, making the paint look uneven and leading to peeling. It is best to remove the wallpaper prior to painting for best results.
Cantu's Painting Service
ProMatcher
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Not advisable because once you have painted it, it's there to stay. Seams and bubbles usually stand out once painted making it look bad. Much better to have it removed.
Schwendler Painting Services
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: The wall will show the wallpaper seams and corners will wear over time, especially if painted. Wallpaper is much easier to remove without paint.
DelFavero Decorating Service LLC
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Once it gets wet it will probably start to come off
Chris Finstad Painting
ProMatcher
Answer: Yes, go ahead and paint over it
Explanation: If you're dealing with a situation in which the wallpaper just won't come off. Wallpaper can be painted over, however you must use an oil base primer, patch all the seams, and use oil base primer after patching. Now after those steps are completed you can use regular paint as your final top coat.
Jaworski Painting
Answer: Yes, go ahead and paint over it
Explanation: As long as the paper is tight painting over it works very well. Especially if using the ceramic paint we recommend
Painter's Touch
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: remove would be best however in some instances oil base primer can be applied first
INNOVATIVE PAINT PROS
ProMatcher
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: First Remore the paper Then, repair and sand the wall Then paint it with prime The paint with color shoose
Tonch General Maintenance
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Remove wallcovering with steam or a chemical remover for best results. Even though it is possible to paint over a wall covering with proper materials and know how; it could lead to a sloppy end result or paint failure if the work being performed is not done correctly.
Vitris Painting Service
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: It's best to strip the wall paper then paint.Because painting over it will show imperfections
Devon Whitehead Pressure Cleaning
ProMatcher
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Always remove wallpaper before applying paint. If wallpaper is stubborn and will not come off, apply oil based primer and skim coat surface.
MW Custom Painters
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Should never paint over wallpaper, but it can be done.
K&C Painting
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Painting over existing wallpaper may cause the existing wallpaper to come loose. Then you will ruin the newly installed wallpaper and your project will cost you double. Plus delays and frustration. Take the time to do it I correctly the first time and enjoy for years to come.
J&R Painting and Wallpaper
ProMatcher
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: It all depends on the wallpaper and how it was applied. If it is a smooth or light textured paper that is on very tight, or has been glued over bare or lightly painted drywall, it may be beneficial to paint. Test an inconspicuous area by applying water to paper and check to see if it comes loose. If it is on very tight then prime, skim coat the seems, prime the seems, and paint.
Applied Coatings Solutions, LLC
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: If you paint over wallpaper there a high chance that the wallpaper will bubble and you will have to remove at the end.
Pro Brush Painting
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Paint is only as good as the surface its being painted over and nobody knows how well the wall paper was installed.
East coast agencies llc
ProMatcher
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: DOESN'T LOOK GOOD THAT'S NOT THE RIGHT WAY TO DO IT.
RITZ PAINTING
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Sometimes you can if it was properly put on wall depending on the shape of wallpaper
B&JS painting
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Need to take off wallpaper and clean then paint, roll or spray then do trim work.
J & C Service's
ProMatcher
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: You can but it doesnt come out as well and eventually when the old wall paper peals ther goes the paint with it
CPL painting and repair service
Answer: Yes, go ahead and paint over it
Explanation: Depends on the type of wallpaper.
Decorative Painting
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Most cases, the moisture from the paint will make the wallpaper raise up. Even if you prime it, you will never be able to get rid of the joint lines unless you texture, which in this case the texture will make the wall paper raise also.
Innovative Finishes
ProMatcher
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: This will always depend on the surface adhesion of the wallpaper as well as if it is vinyl or paper wallpaper. Know if the current wallpaper is already showing peeling and open seams that unless those areas are skim coated that they will show through. Also you should NOT paint latex over paper wallpaper as the water in the latex paint will almost guaranteed bubble areas of the paper as it soaks in. There is never a right or wrong answer across the board on this.
Fresh Coat Painters of Eden Prairie
Answer: Yes, go ahead and paint over it
Explanation: you need to oil prime it first
marathon painting
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Paint will soak through wall covering and reactivate glue paste and cause lifting and bubleing. If it is something you really want to do , seal the wall covering first with an oil based primer to block the latex water base paint from reactivating glue.
Bushco Contracting
ProMatcher
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: U can prime first if paper is secure,but I do not recommend it.
Stan's Painting Service
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Painting over wallpaper is unprofessional and will not stand the test of time.
Karoll Julian Inc.
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: The factors can be many... but it boils down to how much wall damage will be caused during the removal process. If the wallpaper can withstand hot water and not peal off...you might be able to prime over the wallpaper.
Seamingly Straight Inc
ProMatcher
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: Depends on the wall paper adhesive. There are some wallpapers that come off easily, but others may pull off drywal.
3HandyLanes Services LLC
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: When you paint over wallpaper, it makes it much harder to remove afterwards and wallpapers should be removed & walls completely washed to remove the glue as well.
Lanaville Contracting
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: There a chance there babe will peel or become damaged
Ben's Handyman Inc Home Improvement Contractor
ProMatcher
Answer: Yes, go ahead and paint over it
Explanation: If properly prepared. I've done a lot of texture over wallpaper with great results
Production Paint Service
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: No, All wallpaper, backing and adhesive must be removed first to achieve proper adhesion and look.
Vivid Painting
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: According to most home improvement experts, as well as the National Guild of Professional Paperhangers, wallpaper should be removed before painting whenever possible, as you'll experience better results and fewer problems down the road. For some people looking to replace their existing wallpaper with paint, stripping the paper simply may not be an option. They may find their walls are not in good enough shape, and that removing the paper causes more problems than it prevents. If you think this is the case in your home, you may be right. In this case, painting over wallpaper may be the best choice.
ArtsWorks
ProMatcher
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Wallpaper should always be removed. An exception would be solid vinyl wallpaper that has excellent adhesion to the wall.
M & R Painting Solutions LLC
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: For a worry free paint job, remove the paper and smooth the wall first. No worries of peeling and tearing in later years.
Mora Art and Interior Design
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: We need to remove the wallpaper and also the glue of the wallpaper, primer the wall, patch if necessary and apply fiael coat!
Tb Services Painting
ProMatcher
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: You can in some instances; with the proper products.
Pro Color Painting
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: We believe in doing things once. If the wallpaper can be removed, remove it. If the wallpaper removal process will cause extensive wall damage, painting over the wallpaper becomes an option.
Seamingly Straight Inc
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Wast money and time if not remove. Still depends on job.
Designing Home Inc.
ProMatcher
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: When wallpaper cones off because the glue turned lose you have to redo
James Boyles painting
Answer: Yes, go ahead and paint over it
Explanation: there are steps that have to be taken before painting over wall paper,but sure you can
Rick's Painting and More
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Always try to remove it before painting over it with a primer first then topcoat.
Temple Painting
ProMatcher
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: Honestly it depends, sometimes a new coating can be applied if it is secure. In most instances it is preferable to remove the wall covering and prep the surface
Bradley Paint & Remodeling
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Will bubble up
A Top Quality Services
Answer: Yes, go ahead and paint over it
Explanation: You will have to prime the wall paper and mudd the seems..
Eric Orr
ProMatcher
Answer: Yes, go ahead and paint over it
Explanation: It depends on the shape of the wallpaper. If the paper is in good shape, then an oil based primer should first be rolled on. Then painting will go like painting any other wall.
Ironman Home Restoration
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: This will prevent the wall paper from peeling and cracking. The wall paper may give away from the wall.
Peek Painting & Handyman Services
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: This can work both ways but I prefer to remove the old paper first
Aesthetic House Painting
ProMatcher
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: remove wallpaper first as it may peel up then point up the walls sand prime then paint.
The Right Karma
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: I never recommend it. The paint is being applied to a surface may not be completely intact on the wall. I've seen paint applied over what looked like perfectly adhered wallpaper and days later the wallpaper started to sag. It eventually bent over like a rabbit ear.
Centerpoint Painting
Answer: Yes, go ahead and paint over it
Explanation: Yes you can paint over wallpaper but it must first be primed with an oil base primer before texturing or painting.
Superior Paint & Remodeling
ProMatcher
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: We recommend to do things right the first time to avoid future costs.
Service Painters, inc.
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: It really depends on what the customer wants to do. In most cases we do remove it first.
affordable painting contractors
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: You must always remove wallpaper before painting. You run the high possibility of bubbling and separation. Moisture is the main proponent of wallpaper removal, so painting over it will start this process.
IFC Contracting Solutions
ProMatcher
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Painting over wallpaper is a disaster waiting to happen. The moisture from the paint causes the areas where the wallpaper glue has failed to bubble. Removing wallpaper once it has been painted over is more difficult, which means its also more expensive. Our advice on wallpaper is to bite the bullet and do it right the first time: Remove the wallpaper, skim coat the walls, prime, then paint.
Marquez Painting
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: you can paint over wallpaper depending on the condition of the wallpaper
miller painting
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: not advisable because when the wallpaper starts to peel so will the paint on top
AMS Home Improvements LLC
ProMatcher
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: It is never advisable to paint over wallcovering.
North Pointe Painting & Carpentry
Answer: Yes, go ahead and paint over it
Explanation: If the wall paper is firmly glued to the wall there is no issues with painting over it. However if it is peeling or bubbled I would recommend removing it prior to painting.
Cool Change Painting and Home Repair
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: once wallpaper has a heavier coat on it, i.e. more weight than it was designed to carry it will start lifting and peeling off the wall
Dickinson Enterprises LLC
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