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

Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: It can be done it doesn't look to great if possible remove the wallpaper first
T&K Remodelers
Answer: Yes, go ahead and paint over it
Explanation: This is not a "one size fits all" answer. If the wallpaper is in good shape, no places where it is trying to tear or come loose, and it's just a color or design you don't like, with proper wall prep and priming the surface with the correct primer, it can be painted. If however, the wallpaper is less than pristine, it is best to remove it and fix any imperfections in the wall before priming and painting the wall. Each room needs to be evaluated carefully before deciding whether you need to remove or whether it can be painted over.
Clark's Painting
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Sometimes painting the wallpaper can cause bubbles to form. You can paint over wallpaper if trying to save money, but it is not best
Daniel's Quality Painting
ProMatcher
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: Yes and no. If you paint it and it bubbles up, wait for it to dry back in place. If the wallpaper does not go back in place it has to be pulled.
Too Many Paint Buckets LLC
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Paint may peel,not set,or run,see imperfections,best to hire me to remove it at 300 a room I come in remove and repair wall.
Jefferson painting
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: remove wall paper and than use primer for the wall and than you put 2 coats of the final paint
zavala painting
ProMatcher
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Professionals tear wall paper off before painting
Hamptons Painting
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: It is very important to remove all old wall covering
John's Painting Contractor
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Is not advisable as the paint may peel off the wallpaper on the wallpaper make peel off of the walls and a paint will soak up into the wallpaper and it could be a real mess
efficiency resolutions
ProMatcher
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: We strongly advise that you remove the wallpaper first. Over time, the wallpaper will peel, and also, there is no guarantee the paint will stick to the wallpaper. Best to do the job right the first time.
Pro Painters Colorado Springs
Answer: Yes, go ahead and paint over it
Explanation: It is ok to paint over paper but only IF... the paper is securely affixed to the wall and you first apply a sealant/primer.
Freedom Capital Group Renovation & Repairs
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
ProMatcher
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
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Once wallpaper becomes wet whether it be by paint or water the wallpaper will become loose and or peel away from the wall
RPS
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
ProMatcher
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
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: wallpaper will bubble when painted over,and peel at the seams it's advisable to remove wallpaper ,sand ,and do a roll texture or a blown orange peel
Randy Johnson Painting and Drywall
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: paint will only soak into the paper and make it look worse.
snssolutions
ProMatcher
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
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: The wallpaper will start to peal away from the wall/ paint
Walker Roofing LLC
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
ProMatcher
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
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Never ever, im mean ever paint over existing wallpaper. Call Shambaugh Interior Painting 309-269-2478
Shambaugh Painting
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
ProMatcher
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
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Not a good idea, wall paper will peel and cause problems
Misija construction
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,
ProMatcher
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
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: most of the time wallpaper will show through and leave you with a bad finish
Property Repair Service & Inspections
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
ProMatcher
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
ProMatcher
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
ProMatcher
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
ProMatcher
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
ProMatcher
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
ProMatcher
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
ProMatcher
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
ProMatcher
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
ProMatcher
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
ProMatcher
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
ProMatcher
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
ProMatcher
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
ProMatcher
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
ProMatcher
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
ProMatcher
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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