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

Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Best to remove. BUT! New products out there today that allow's us to seal it, skim coat the seams, prime and paint. We do this a lot and we remove it a lot, but never any call backs.
Stringers Property Maintenance LLC
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: We believe paint is best applied on a properly primed and prepped substrate that is permanently installed without the use of glues or adhesives. Since wallpaper is adhered using a glue, we advise completely removing wall coverings and glue, then putting down a layer of bonding primer before applying 2 coats of paint. This ensures a long-lasting and durable wall that will enhance the look of any room.
All-IN Painting
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Wallpaper sometimes peels when moisture is applied, better to remove clean glue and patch to start fresh
Peoples Painting
ProMatcher
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Remove Wallpaper, Skim areas needed with mud.Sand prime and paint.
Purdy Painting Inc
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: The wallpaper will bubble up the paint is applied to it if you roll it on to the paper it my come off onto your roller and mess up the wall that your trying to paint
Swan Painting
Answer: Yes, go ahead and paint over it
Explanation: Wallpaper can be painted over, but first an oil based primer should be applied. This step will "lock" the wallpaper to the drywall and seal out any glue or stains that may try to bleed thru traditional latex wall paint.
Brian Winget Painting
ProMatcher
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Wallpaper can be painted over if certain precautions and prep is done first. Safer to remove wallpaper, prime then paint.
1800propainter
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: We can paint over wallpaper but we cannot give a warranty for the work as the wallpaper can bubble or lift over time with the temperature and moisture variances that naturally occur inside your house
jdspaintingllc
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: You dont paint over wall paper there can be minor holes or scratches that can’t be seen and the paint will penatrate quickly and create bubbles behind the wall paper.. My advise is remove the wallpaper prior to painting.
Drywall trim and paint
ProMatcher
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: All wallpaper has to be removed You can not paint over wallpaper.
BALTIMORECOATING@GMAIL.COM
Answer: Yes, go ahead and paint over it
Explanation: Best option for painting a wall that has wallpaper is to first remove any wallpaper from the surface. However, wallpaper can be hard to remove and painting over the wallpaper may be the better option under these circumstances. If you decide to paint over wallpaper, clean the wallpaper first, apply joint compound over the seams in a thin layer, sand, and then apply primer and sealer. You'll then be able to paint over the wallpaper with paint of your choice.
Five Star Painting of Edison
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: No
Empire Painting Service
ProMatcher
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: You want a clean look. Wall paper will bubble and peel.
Grand View Painting
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: You should always remove wallpaper before painting because the paint will not adhere to the wallpaper.
Smacks Contracting Services LLC
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: It really depends on how old the wallpaper is and what condition is it in... i.e. Is it peeling & bubbling?
Nice Vibrant Finish
ProMatcher
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: never paint over it will bubble eventualy
Affordable painting Graphics west painting
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
ProMatcher
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: When you paint over wallpaper you are sealing it in. The only way to get the clean wall look without the seam from the wallpaper after that would be to put 1/4 drywall over the existing walls or remove the walls and re-drywall completely. It is cheaper and more cost effective in the long run not to paint over wallpaper. If the wallpaper was installed correctly it will come down with minimal damage to the underlying walls.
Laird Custom Painting
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
ProMatcher
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: If wall won't be damaged, remove wallpaper first.
Ed Venegas Home Improvements
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Yes, go ahead and paint over it
Explanation: Yes you can however you must follow these steps before painting. Gently sand down the seams of the wallpaper so they're not too noticeable. Apply a coat of oil-based primer to the entire surface of the walls before painting. This helps seal the adhesive within the paper and away from the moisture in the paint. Then you may paint over the wall paper
Revive Painters
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
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: The wallpaper will start to peal away from the wall/ paint
Walker Roofing LLC
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Not a good idea, wall paper will peel and cause problems
Misija construction
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: It's always better to remove it and prime and pant.
D&S Professional Painters
ProMatcher
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
Answer: No, remove the wallpaper first.
Explanation: Because it can bleed threw
XPRESS MOVING CLEANING AND REPAIR SERVICES
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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
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