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Painting over wallpaper


I'm going to help someone paint over wallpaper soon. I told her we would need to apply a coat of primer but then she said she just planned on purchasing a primer/paint in one. Will this work? The wallpaper is in good shape. Going from flowery green wallpaper to light blue paint.

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i never painted over wall paper.i dont think its a good idea but it wouldnt be the first time ive ben wrong.it will be interestin to see how it works out.good luck with it.


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In my experience, it is not a good thing to do; the wallpaper will most likely bubble at the least, or simply fall off the wall at the most - I think I'd prefer it to fall off, because if it just bubbles, you're going to have to remove it anyway.  Save yourself some headaches and just get a steamer, or use hot water, sponges and wall knives and scrape it , then wash and scrub off as much of the residual glue as you can.  After it dries, you will have to seal it and re-texture it, and prime it with something like Kilz, and paint.  Stripping walpaper some years after we had put it up when it was fashionable cured me; I said no more wallpaper.  The house we are in now was all papered when we bought it, and we hired a pro to strip it and paint it; no way was I going to take that project on again.



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Sometimes it is easier just to replace the wallboard rather than stripping and sanding old wallpaper.

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?Wallpaper? what's that? - - - hahaha just kidding just kidding biggrin

I've painted over wallpaper in the past without any trouble.  We used water based latex and applied several coats, allowing each coat to dry throughly before applying the next one.  However, if the wallpaper is "strippable" then I would take the time to remove it.

Whatever you decide to do, be sure and let us know how it turns out.



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The biggest problem with painting over wall paper is that it will eventually pull away at a seam or a corner then you have a mess trying to do a fix. That might even happen using water based latex paint (now, how do I know about that little problem??) Then it will have to come off, but since you have sealed it so nicely you start thinking new dry wall. Peel it off. It will take a few hours, but you will be soooooo much happier in the end. There are gadgets that all you have to do is roll it over the paper and the sharp little wheels will cut through the paper - don't do it so hard that it cuts into the dry wall though. Then get a pump up garden sprayer, fill it with as hot water as possible and wet down the wall. There are special additives that are supposed to make it work better, but the hot water has always worked well for me too. If it's vinyl paper, and most now is, the top color layer will usually strip right off then the paper/glue layer will need some scraping. Once you get the paper off, scrub the walls down to the point you don't feel any slick slime and you are set to paint once it's dry. If you don't get that slime off, the walls will be rough with the slime looking like stucco. The previous owner of my home left me one room like that and after two paint jobs with lots of sanding still isn't right.



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You can paint over wallpaper without any problebms :)



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Now that sounds like a voice of experence.  I tried painting over some years ago. but it was a rental house,, so I really didn't care how it turned out as long as it was all one color,, if the tenant wanted it different,, they could do what ever they cared to do,,



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fabric softer mixed with hot water 1 fer 1 works real good fer me and a good scraper will do the job get a spray bottle spray down the wall some and scrap away..............BEAR

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The worst outcome is that on the last coat the wallpaper starts to bubble.

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