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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 (85% of 303 votes): No, remove the wallpaper first..

Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Water based paint will loosen the wallpaper glue and start to bubble.
Mandy's Contractors
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: It's always better to remove it and prime and pant.
D&S Professional Painters
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
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Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: because the paint will make the wall paper heavy and will eventually hang
New Era General Construction
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Because it can bleed threw
XPRESS MOVING CLEANING AND REPAIR SERVICES
Answer: Yes, go ahead and paint over it
Explanation: You just don't paint over it there is a process.
All-Pro Painting
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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
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: The whole idea behind painting is to make a prepared surface look great and to have the paint last a long time. If you paint over wallpaper your chances of your beautiful paint job staying beautiful diminish.
Patric's custom painting
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
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Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Several ways to hide or take wallpaper down. Looks better taken down.
popes painting
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Painting over wall paper can lead to the surface to buble up. And. Mill make it very difficult to remove in the future. So we never paint over wall paper.
Bogue Art Studios
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
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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
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
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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
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
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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
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
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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
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
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Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Once it gets wet it will probably start to come off
Chris Finstad Painting
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
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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
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
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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
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
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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
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
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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
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
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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
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
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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
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
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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
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
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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
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
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Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: There a chance there babe will peel or become damaged
Ben's Handyman Inc Home Improvement Contractor
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
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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
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
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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
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
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Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Wast money and time if not remove. Still depends on job.
Designing Home Inc.
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
ProMatcher
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Always try to remove it before painting over it with a primer first then topcoat.
Temple Painting
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Yes, go ahead and paint over it
Explanation: You will have to prime the wall paper and mudd the seems..
Eric Orr
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
ProMatcher
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: This can work both ways but I prefer to remove the old paper first
Aesthetic House Painting
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
ProMatcher
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
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.
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