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Yes, go ahead and paint over it
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Question: Is it advisable to paint over wallpaper?
Top Answer (84% of 281 votes): No, remove the wallpaper first..

Answer: Yes, go ahead and paint over it
Explanation: Yes this can be done, however is not advisable. To do so, one must prep the surface properly to obtain positive results. Inquire with local paint store for recommended primers.
Coatings by Chris
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
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Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Some wallpaper can be painted over but due to the seems bubbling and peeling will ocur
Anthony Shelton Painting
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
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Answer: Yes, go ahead and paint over it
Explanation: Unless your wallpaper has a texture that you dont want to show through and you don't plan on removing the wallpaper anytime in the future, then it is advisable to paint over the existing wallpaper. Removing it can cause unexpected damage to your walls and it cuts down on time an effort dramatically. Just be sure to secure any loose pieces and add a line of caulk around the perimeter where the wallpaper meets the floor and ceiling to keep the paper from peeling.
Designdeceptions
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
ProMatcher
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: You will not get the full affect of your paint job. If the wall paper fails comes loose from wall so will your paint.
A&B Painting
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
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Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Wallpaper always provides a poor base for paint. The finish product will seldom be smooth and flat. The best way to remove the paper is to steam it off, wash off remaining paste, sand and prime.
Pro Painting & Design
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
ProMatcher
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: The wallpaper seams will show and once its painted it will never come off.
Al & Brian's Painting
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
ProMatcher
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Occasionally, we are asked to paint over existing wallpaper. While, it can be done at times, it is not recommended. The wallpaper still remains underneath the paint, therefore there will still be seams where the wallpaper meets. This may actually become more visible when painted. There is also a risk of bubbling or peeling of the existing wallpaper when you apply primer or paint. Sometimes, the bubbling disappears as the paint dries, and sometimes it does not. In my opinion it is not worth the risk.
Artistic Expressions
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
ProMatcher
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: It's best to remove wallpaper. It's extremely tough to hide the wallpaper seems and the wallpaper may separate from the wall in the future.
All Pro Brush Painting
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
ProMatcher
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: You can if using a oil primer, latex Paint will loosen the wall covering causing it to pull from the surface
Alpine home repairs
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
ProMatcher
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: It's best to remove the wallpaper do to many factors like the paper wrinkling, or bubbling, plus it can start peeling at the seams.
Finer Finish
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
ProMatcher
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: It's always best to remove the wallpaper first. There's always a chance it could be through the paint.
Village Design
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
ProMatcher
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Wall paper removal is a necessary step to obtain a smooth wall finish.
Square Feet Contracting
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.
ProMatcher
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Remove wallpaper and any other things such a glue.
JR Painting
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
ProMatcher
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: If you paint over the wallpaper eventually the wall paper will start peeling or get torn and the paint job will be ruined and the next painter will have to do the wallpaper removal which will be two times as difficult with a coat of paint on top of it.
Fine Lines Painting
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
ProMatcher
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: you can paint over wallpaper but you may see the seams
Artios Painting 309 788 9432
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Yes, go ahead and paint over it
Explanation: as long as the wallpaper is on the wall good you can paint it but try a small area to make sure it wont peel
Four All Seasons Construction
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
ProMatcher
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: I can be done under certain conditions but we recommend removal
Majestic Painting
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
ProMatcher
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Wallpaper if painted over, tends to buckle and peel. It is very important to remove the wallpaper first in order to prevent this from happening and to have a lasting finish.
Murals and More
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
ProMatcher
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Common sense.
East Dallas Painting
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
ProMatcher
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: If you paint over wallpaper it has the tendency to Bubble and ultimately Look Like a bad job!
colorful homes inc.
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
ProMatcher
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: some wallpaper can be painted over with the correct products I always remove it if possible
mikes custom pro painting
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
ProMatcher
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: we always remove the wallpaper before painting
Suffolk Painting
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: I have painted over wallpaper, it depends where like a closet. If the paper was tight I might then if ok with customer.
John NESLER Painting
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
ProMatcher
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: It is worth it in the long run. Often paint loosens glue holding paper to wall
Dynamic Painting Systems LLC
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: We never paint over wallpaper. The paint will magnify any imperfections in the wallpaper. Besides, the moisture in the paint when it is applied to wallpaper will sometimes cause the wallpaper to pull away from the wall.
Paint Orlando Beautiful
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Yes you can but i would recommend removing the wallpaper .
Hanes Painting
ProMatcher
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: The moisture from paint will often take the wall paper right off ! We always properly prepare any surface !
The Bangor Painter & Handyman
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Never paint over wallpaper
AB Painting And Handyman
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Bergen County Contractors Do not paint over wall paper if you dont have to.
Pangione Developers Inc
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