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Will wallpaper bubble if it is painted?

Always
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Most of the time
39%
Some of the time
39%
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Question: Will wallpaper bubble if it is painted?
Top Answer (39% of 359 votes): Some of the time.

Answer: Most of the time
Explanation: Lots of different products out there but most will bubble when painted over. But there is a few that will not.
Stringers Property Maintenance LLC
Answer: Most of the time
Explanation: its very common for bubbles to appear over time when wallpaper's been painted over. There are lots of DIY fixes but really the wallpaper just needs to come down and the walls properly prepped.
Gherkin Custom Cabinets & Remodel
Answer: Most of the time
Explanation: Sometimes if it old enough you might not be able to remove the paper if so you can paint over it but take precautions and mud the seems just in case there might be something loose
Swan Painting
ProMatcher
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: Depends on what's under it
Central Mississippi Paint and Finishes
Answer: Some of the time
Explanation: We can use a scoring device to limit the possibility of the wallpaper bubbling or lifting but we cannot guarantee it will never happen.
jdspaintingllc
Answer: Most of the time
Explanation: Some cases you might get lucky where the wall paper is glued on the wall pretty well and has no holes or scratches and the paint doesn’t penatrate.
Drywall trim and paint
ProMatcher
Answer: Some of the time
Explanation: Over time the wall paper glue can age and pull away from the wall.
AJ Garcia Painting
Answer: Some of the time
Explanation: It depends on the condition of the wallpaper before it was painted.
Nice Vibrant Finish
Answer: Most of the time
Explanation: If it is not primed with an oil based primer it will bubble. I would recommend removing the wallpaper prior to painting.
Pearl Painting
ProMatcher
Answer: Never
Explanation: If the wallpaper can be painted over, the appropriate primer must be used to prevent this from happening. With proper identification of whether the wallpaper is even a candidate for painting over first, and the proper steps being taken to prime it correctly, there should not ever be a problem with the wallpaper bubbling.
Clark's Painting
Answer: Some of the time
Explanation: You can cut the bubbles out and mud them after they form. If you will prime the wallpaper with oil-based primer it cuts down the chances of bubbling.
Daniel's Quality Painting
Answer: Never
Explanation: If the wallpaper is glued tight an it's not peeling or coming a loose from wall it's can be painted if prepp properly
Baity Painting
ProMatcher
Answer: Most of the time
Explanation: Wallpaper should not be painted over the one thing you will see the seams you can try primers and stay away from oil-based paints but even if it doesn't bubble of first eventually it will help soften stool glue and the paper and just becomes a mess highly and advisable to paint over wallpaper
efficiency resolutions
Answer: Some of the time
Explanation: If the paper bubbles this means that it was not properly affixed and sealed prior to painting. Don't worry, it can be fixed.
Freedom Capital Group Renovation & Repairs
Answer: Some of the time
Explanation: it will if you use any kind of latex paint as a primer first
MIRACLE MAN PAINTING
ProMatcher
Answer: Most of the time
Explanation: Once wallpaper becomes wet it will most likely begin peeling
RPS
Answer: Most of the time
Explanation: Yes it can be done, the reason why it bubbles is that air is trapped under it. Simply make a hole with a needle that will release the air After the paint dries out you should have no problem Its not a good idea to paint over existing wallpaper Strip the walls first
JM Painting Services LLC
Answer: Some of the time
Explanation: Its possible that it can bubble but I would say its very rare if it is properly prepped with the correct primer/sealer.
Paint Works of Texas
ProMatcher
Answer: Some of the time
Explanation: If it is older or applied incorrectly, the moisture from the paint will activate the glue in the wallpaper and cause failure.
1-800-PAINT-JOB
Answer: Most of the time
Explanation: I've found that it's best to remove the wall paper when possible. It usually gets messy painting and texturing over wall paper, not to mention it often looks bad
Shelton's painting
Answer: Most of the time
Explanation: Will not suggest
RJB Painting & Handyman Service
ProMatcher
Answer: Most of the time
Explanation: Moisture in the Paint can often loosen wallpaper glue causing bubbles or peeling!!!
Shambaugh Painting
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Always
Explanation: Yes always come bublesif it is painted
Ben's painters
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Some of the time
Explanation: If the seams are not properly sealed moisture will get under there
Phoenix Empire Painting
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Always
Explanation: It all depends on how long and how thick
XPRESS MOVING CLEANING AND REPAIR SERVICES
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Some of the time
Explanation: Yes, over time it does start bubbling, Because if the drywall gets wet it will start damaging the wallpaper.
Certified Painting Professionals
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Most of the time
Explanation: All Depending on what material the wallpaper is, how it was applied and how old it is. Most older (like 80s and older) wallpaper your lucky to get it off at all.lol
S. Williams Painting
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Most of the time
Explanation: The paint's moisture will cause the wallpaper to bubble
Colorado Concrete
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Some of the time
Explanation: To avoid this make sure that your wall paper isn't already starting to come up in parts. Secondly, don't use an oil based primer. The oil will penetrate the wallpaper causing the glue to unadhere and possibly bubble.
Designdeceptions
Answer: Always
Explanation: Unless it's oil primed
Covell and sons painting
Answer: Always
Explanation: Wallpaper always degrades over time.
Johnnyfin Paints
ProMatcher
Answer: Most of the time
Explanation: Depends on the quality of the wall paper. Paint is a liquid and will soak in to tbe paper after time it will assist in the paper seperating from the glue.
A&B Painting
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Some of the time
Explanation: Any areas that the paper is not fully adhered to the wall, when paint is applied, bubbles will often form.
Pro Painting & Design
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Some of the time
Explanation: It depends on if it was installed properly.
Al & Brian's Painting
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Some of the time
Explanation: Adding moisture (paint) over wallpaper will loosen the paste and cause the paper to buble. It may dry flat or not. If it does you may cut a small hole in the bubble and insert some glue. Depending on how many bubbles you see it may work. I would always recommend removing the paper first and priming the walls prior to paint.
J&R Painting and Wallpaper
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: I've never tried will not attempt because common sense tells me if you apply paint I think moister behind paint might be bad and bubble.
RITZ PAINTING
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Most of the time
Explanation: The moisture again causes the paper to raise off the substrate
Innovative Finishes
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Most of the time
Explanation: But if does not actually come loose and peel off,bubbles will usually lay down when dry.But understand the paper starts peeling,what does not fall off literly,will make a mess getting off once painted.
Stan's Painting Service
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Some of the time
Explanation: Depending on how old the wall paper is and if there was any prior moisture exposed to the wallpaper. Newer wallpaper might not bubble but reguardless why risk it when you can do it right the first time.
Fine Lines Painting
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Some of the time
Explanation: some wallpaper will bubble
Four All Seasons Construction
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Some of the time
Explanation: Depends on age
James Boyles painting
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
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