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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 339 votes): No, remove the wallpaper first..

Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: I've never painted over wallpaper, but I have send it done and it always bubbles up. Thats why at MPC we always take it completely off skim the walls out if needed, prime then 2 coats of finish.
McWhorter Painting Contractors
Answer: Yes, go ahead and paint over it
Explanation: can be gone over if the right materials are used it also depends on the wallpaper
MIRACLE MAN PAINTING
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: The glue under the wallpaper will generally have a life and the paper, pending on the type, probably "breaths" and is very porous. Adding any kind of coating over wallpaper is not advisable, especially if you don't know what the surface is underneath. It could cause the paper to bubble or peel if it isn't doing that already due to it's age and the temperature/weather conditions. In addition, many papers that are made from silk or grass cloth shrink when made wet then dray. Putting any coating over wallpaper is definitely not the way to go about refinishing a room.
Red Lodge Home & Tree LLC
ProMatcher
Answer: Yes, go ahead and paint over it
Explanation: It all depends on the condition of the wall paper but wallpaper can absolutely be painted over and can be much more affordable than actually stripping it off and then painting. Just make sure it is prepped properly if going the route of painting over.
Paint Works of Texas
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: After a while the wallpaper will start peeling.
Capstone Pro Painters
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Removing wallpaper from your walls before painting will provide better quality and longer-lasting results than simply painting over it.
PRCNY LLC
ProMatcher
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: paint will only soak into the paper and make it look worse.
snssolutions
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Its possible if the majority of the paper is tight and the proper primer is used prior to finish painting.
Tim Ryan Painting
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: Although the best solution is to remove it, some instances require painting over it. Budget is a key factor in this.
1-800-PAINT-JOB
ProMatcher
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: I tried in my own home. Didnt like way looked. So take extra time and pay little more do it right
RJB Painting & Handyman. Service
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: I would recommend removing the wall paper. If you try to paint over it the paint will show seems a lot of the time. Removing the paper and doing the proper prep takes a little extra time but it sure makes for a better quality paint job.
Shelton's painting
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: It is possible with the proper preparation but not advisable.Removal assures a sound substrate to work from.
Action Painting and Handyman
ProMatcher
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: It's always preferable to remove wallpaper before painting or plastering, however there are times when it makes sense to go over the wallpaper. To do so it MUST be primed in oil to secure and not hydrate paper which will cause the paper to lift.
Down Under Faux
Answer: Yes, go ahead and paint over it
Explanation: This is a question we hear a lot. We hear it from people who just moved into a house with wallpapered walls they don’t like, and we hear it from folks who some years back decided to do a wallpaper job but now aren’t thrilled with the appearance. The rumor you often hear is that you can’t paint over wallpaper, that you have to go through a massive stripping effort before paint can safely be applied. This is only true in some instances. If the wallpaper is peeling or showing other signs of adherence problems, you’ll have to determine if a good sanding job will solve the problem. A full-scale stripping job might be necessary, but then it might not, so don’t automatically run out and arrange for this service. In most cases, as long as the wallpaper is uniformly stuck to the walls, there’s no need to strip. But you do need to take certain measures in painting over it.
AFFORDABLE SOLUTIONS
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Painting over wall paper 90% of the time will lead to bubbles under wallpaper. Giving your walls a not so beautiful finish
Laurie’s Painting
ProMatcher
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: If you're going to spend the money to have your home painted why would you take a chance of the wallpaper peeling in the future and ruining the perfectly good new paint you just put on
Exact painting LLC,
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Is not possible paint over in wallpaper becouse is coming boubles.
Ben's painters
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: You should not paint directly over wall paper. Thou every situation is different. I recommend removing it and getting a clean surface to paint to. Including skim coating the wall sanding and priming before paining (2coats).REP
Pixley's Painting Pressurewashing Plus
ProMatcher
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Wet or damp wallpaper will begin to weaken and even break away from the adhesive and you will find yourself removing the wall paper and adhesive and repainting so it's always best to to move anything that stands between a primer or paint and it's intended base to bond to.
Henson Coatings and Construction
Answer: Yes, go ahead and paint over it
Explanation: You can paint over wall paper if you seal the wallpaper lines where the two pieces join
Phoenix Empire Painting
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Water based paint will loosen the wallpaper glue and start to bubble.
Mandy's Contractors
ProMatcher
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: If you dont take off the wall paper your new paint will most likely not last long.
Dee Cee's exterior cleaning
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Many homeowners love the look of wallpaper. It covers wall imperfections, adds unique textures and patterns, and creates a finished wall surface that's difficult to replicate with paint. Quality vinyl wallpaper that's professionally installed can last up to 15 years with little maintenance [source: NGPP]. For some people, wallpaper's durability can be a problem. Designs and patterns chosen decades ago simply don't work with a more modern decor. Homeowners who like to change the look of their home from time to time typically prefer paint, which is cheaper and easier to apply and can be changed up in a fraction of the time that wallpaper changes would take.
mayra enterprises corp
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: because the paint will make the wall paper heavy and will eventually hang
New Era General Construction
ProMatcher
Answer: Yes, go ahead and paint over it
Explanation: You just don't paint over it there is a process.
All-Pro Painting
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: It is best to take the care plan for Removal of Wallpaper to give the client a better project.
XPRESS Moving and Cleaning Services
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Because, if u paint over the paper, the paint could cause the glue to have a reaction
Action Supreme Painting
ProMatcher
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.
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