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Will wallpaper bubble if it is painted?

Always
14%
Most of the time
38%
Some of the time
41%
Never
2%
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Question: Will wallpaper bubble if it is painted?
Top Answer (41% of 300 votes): Some of the time.

Answer: Always
Explanation: Wallpaper will bubble if it is not primed in oil. Ideally one would remove, however there are times when it's not economical and applying plaster over the wallpaper is a less expensive solution than removing and applying paint.
Down Under Faux
Answer: Some of the time
Explanation: It’s not a guarantee it will but your taking a risk by applying paint over wallpaper.
Laurie’s Painting
Answer: Most of the time
Explanation: Yep, if it gets wet.
Misija construction
ProMatcher
Answer: Most of the time
Explanation: Most of the time it will. Remove it to be safe.
Pixley's Painting Pressurewashing Plus
Answer: Most of the time
Explanation: yes most of the time
Property Repair Service & Inspections
Answer: Most of the time
Explanation: Once the wallpaper and adhesive get wet or even damp this starts the process in removing it.
Henson Coatings and Construction
ProMatcher
Answer: Always
Explanation: paint loosens wall paper glue.
Mandy's Contractors
Answer: Some of the time
Explanation: dont paint over wall paper your just going to waste money
Dee Cee's exterior cleaning
Answer: Always
Explanation: because the paint will make it moist
New Era General Construction
ProMatcher
Answer: Some of the time
Explanation: It depends on what kind of wallpaper
All-Pro Painting
Answer: Always
Explanation: If the wallpaper is damaged or old it will cause a delay in project and time wasted.
XPRESS Moving and Cleaning Services
Answer: Most of the time
Explanation: Most wallpaper these days is still the old paper style. For sure, once that paper is soaked with a liquid the chances of releasing the glue underneath is greater. Even with vinyl "paper", the chances of the seams peeling is just as great.
Patric's custom painting
ProMatcher
Answer: Some of the time
Explanation: Depends on how it was put on. If you paint over it...use an oil base primer. But if you use a latex almost 95 percent of the time the bubbles will lay back flat.
popes painting
Answer: Most of the time
Explanation: It's a gamble when you paint over wall paper. Somthing we don't do.
Bogue Art Studios
Answer: Some of the time
Explanation: Sometimes paint causes the paper to bubble up. Then it must be removed.
BK Design Associates
ProMatcher
Answer: Some of the time
Explanation: This is true and expected
Coatings by Chris
Answer: Some of the time
Explanation: If it's primed with a water based product, it will realease the glue.
Scott's Painting
Answer: Most of the time
Explanation: It will also begin to peel away from the wall as the adhesive ages.
Moonlight Murals & Framing
ProMatcher
Answer: Most of the time
Explanation: Mostly show bubbles and boarder lines.
TJT Solutions
Answer: Some of the time
Explanation: It depends on how the wallpaper was installed and how old it is. Most of the time the glue behind the paper has thinned out over time so when it get wet the glue will release itself from the wall and will create a bubble.
Complete Home Painting, LLC
Answer: Some of the time
Explanation: It depends on how you paint it. There are techniques for painting wallpaper and it must be done correctly.
Amber Reese Painting
ProMatcher
Answer: Always
Explanation: Unless it's oil primed
Covell and sons painting
Answer: Always
Explanation: Wallpaper always degrades over time.
Johnnyfin Paints
Answer: Most of the time
Explanation: Wallpaper has a high tendency for bubbling when wet from paint. To avoid any problems from this, it is best to remove it prior to painting.
Cantu's Painting Service
ProMatcher
Answer: Some of the time
Explanation: Not if you use an oil based primer. It can with water based primer. Paint will always reveal bubbles that may have already been there.
Schwendler Painting Services
Answer: Most of the time
Explanation: The moisture from the paint will most likely cause wallpaper to bubble.
DelFavero Decorating Service LLC
Answer: Most of the time
Explanation: You may paint some coverings with a oil basemail primer but would recommend to remove paper.
Chris Finstad Painting
ProMatcher
Answer: Most of the time
Explanation: In order to paint over wallpaper and achieve bubble free substrate, you must first seal the wallpaper with an oil base primer. After you have applied an oil base primer, at that point you can finish coat with standard latex paints.
Jaworski Painting
Answer: Some of the time
Explanation: If you use an oil based primer first it won't bubble. But that has a lot of odor and adds to labor costs. Our experience is that the bubbles are temporary and go away as the paint dries.
Painter's Touch
Answer: Some of the time
Explanation: Not usually if oil base primer is applied if it does then you can cut out bubbled area and skim as needed.
INNOVATIVE PAINT PROS
ProMatcher
Answer: Some of the time
Explanation: Many paints we use in homes and businesses today are water-based and when applied to most wall coverings soak into the wall covering, liner paper and adhesive. The water re-activates the glue and air bubbles form. Oil-based primers are usually used to combat this issue.
Vitris Painting Service
Answer: Always
Explanation: Because of the latex paint so if you do paint over it you must use a oil base primer
Devon Whitehead Pressure Cleaning
Answer: Some of the time
Explanation: At times when painted is applied to existing wallpaper, it will bubble. Wallpaper is typically removed by creating air holes and soaking the paper with water or solution. When using a latex paint, it's can occasionally act as a loosening agent for the wallpaper. Sometimes the bubbles disappear after the paint dries, and sometimes they remain. It is a big risk.
Artistic Expressions
ProMatcher
Answer: Some of the time
Explanation: Theres always a chance the wallpaper could bubble if painted over.
All Pro Brush Painting
Answer: Most of the time
Explanation: Paint will create humidity and that will create the wallpaper to bubble.
Pro Brush Painting
Answer: Most of the time
Explanation: Glues are water based therefore latex Paint will cause the wall covering to let go
Alpine home repairs
ProMatcher
Answer: Some of the time
Explanation: Depending on shape of wallpaper
B&JS painting
Answer: Most of the time
Explanation: This is due to the moisture in the paint. Most of the time it will shrink back to flat after drying. It's more expensive to have the wallpaper removed because you never know what will happen once the peeling begins.
Finer Finish
Answer: Some of the time
Explanation: Bubbles will disappear.
Decorative Painting
ProMatcher
Answer: Never
Explanation: not if you oil prime it first
marathon painting
Answer: Always
Explanation: Water based paint will activate glue on the back of wall covering if not sealed first
Bushco Contracting
Answer: Most of the time
Explanation: I have noticed in the years working as a contractor that home owners do paint over wallpaper to cut corners, as a result you can always notice the bubbles on the surface especially at seams.
Square Feet Contracting
ProMatcher
Answer: Some of the time
Explanation: You must always do a small sample of the primer to determine how the wallpaper will react.
Seamingly Straight Inc
Answer: Some of the time
Explanation: Depends once again on the of wallpaper and adhesive used.
3HandyLanes Services LLC
Answer: Some of the time
Explanation: Yes it possible
Ben's Handyman Inc Home Improvement Contractor
ProMatcher
Answer: Some of the time
Explanation: It is a good idea to use an oil based primer to seal the paper, or the latex paint could cause the wallpaper paste to soften, causing the paper to bubble.
ArtsWorks
Answer: Most of the time
Explanation: Important: First use an oil-based or shellac sealer, not a water-based sealer on the wallpaper to help ensure that its bond to the wall is not interfered with. A water based paint can be applied after the sealer dries.
M & R Painting Solutions LLC
Answer: Always
Explanation: I am not a wallpaper guy, but always we see buble on the wallpapers!
Tb Services Painting
ProMatcher
Answer: Some of the time
Explanation: An oil undercoater must be used; then latex can go over that. However; some paper may need removal or re-adhesion to stay.
Pro Color Painting
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: So many variables to consider...type of paste, thickness of the wallpaper, is it vinyl coated,... The only I know for sure is to do a sample section before beginning the project.
Seamingly Straight Inc
Answer: Some of the time
Explanation: The quality of the wallpaper and the glue will determine this
Majestic Painting
ProMatcher
Answer: Most of the time
Explanation: It is always better to remove wallpaper and prime the wall before painting.
Affordable Painters
Answer: Some of the time
Explanation: if it bubbles it's the contractors job to look over every sq inch that was painted and cut out the bubbles so that it doesn't happen anymore.Usually it bubbles within 24 hrs and it's an easy fix
Rick's Painting and More
Answer: Some of the time
Explanation: It depends if it was sealed with primer for wallpaper.
Temple Painting
ProMatcher
Answer: Some of the time
Explanation: It depends on how adhered the paper is
Bradley Paint & Remodeling
Answer: Most of the time
Explanation: That's been my experience
A Top Quality Services
Answer: Some of the time
Explanation: Depends on how old the paper is and how prepped the job is beforehand
Skyline Painting and Drywall
ProMatcher
Answer: Some of the time
Explanation: It can be affected buy the original shape of the wallpaper.
Ironman Home Restoration
Answer: Some of the time
Explanation: This is one reason I remove it first.
Aesthetic House Painting
Answer: Most of the time
Explanation: Ninety-two 80% of the time it will Bubble!
colorful homes inc.
ProMatcher
Answer: Some of the time
Explanation: Paint can sometimes loosen the glue that's keeping the wallpaper adhered to the wall.
Centerpoint Painting
Answer: Most of the time
Explanation: Again, if the wallpaper is not first primed with an oil base primer it will bubble if you put a latex product directly on it most of the time.
Superior Paint & Remodeling
Answer: Most of the time
Explanation: If you plan on painting over it make sure you use a clear primer for wallpaper. We recommend to remove wallpaper prior to painting
Service Painters, inc.
ProMatcher
Answer: Most of the time
Explanation: Yes. not only that but it is unprofessional
Suffolk Painting
Answer: Most of the time
Explanation: The moisture in the paint causes the areas where the wallpaper glue has failed to bubble. If none of the wallpaper glue has failed, the wallpaper will not fail, but this is very unlikely. Most wallpaper is old and some portion of the glue has failed.
Marquez Painting
Answer: Some of the time
Explanation: t may bubblesometime it may bubble up if you use latex primer if you use oil based primer it may not bubble up
miller painting
ProMatcher
Answer: Some of the time
Explanation: IT is the nature of wallpaper
John NESLER Painting
Answer: Most of the time
Explanation: Painting over wallpaper is almost a sure fire guarantee to get it to bubble and being to peel and flake.
North Pointe Painting & Carpentry
Answer: Some of the time
Explanation: Yes, the moisture in the paint sometimes causes the wallpaper to pull away/bubble up when applied to the wallpaper.
Paint Orlando Beautiful
ProMatcher
Answer: Always
Explanation: We don't risk it !
The Bangor Painter & Handyman
Answer: Some of the time
Explanation: Depending on condition of wallpaper.
1st Coast Painting & more Inc
Answer: Always
Explanation: Always. maybe no if you apply oil primer
PAINT POWER
ProMatcher
Answer: Most of the time
Explanation: Most paint is latex which is water based. The water is what makes it bubble. Can use oil base paint to seal it if you want to paint over.
Charlie's Painting llc
Answer: Most of the time
Explanation: None
Arundel Custom Painting LLC
Answer: Some of the time
Explanation: If its a paper and not vinyl coated it can.
Finch Painting & WallCoverings
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