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Jul 17, 2013, 02:10 PM
Painting over Wallpaper
How do you feel about painting over wallpaper. I've always understood it was a no-no. Now I have friends telling me don't do it but I have had others tell me it is ok. The wallpaper has been up about 15 years, is in good shape (not falling down or ripped)and the painter said he would do it either way. If he paints over it he will put Kilz on it first then 2 coats of paint. I don't think it will be had to take down because the professional that put it up said he "treated" the walls before he put the paper up. Anybody had any experience either way?

Jul 17, 2013, 02:24 PM
I did it years ago and looked fine...the seams in the wallpaper did show up but it wasn't a problem. Last year a friend painted over her bathroom paper and it was seamless (the paper) and looks very good. The only thing I have heard is that if you paint over wall paper it is very hard to remove if you decide to go that route later.

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Jul 17, 2013, 06:04 PM
I would remove it, rather than paint over. Seams could always show through later, and I would not take the chance of a bigger job down the road.
Jul 17, 2013, 11:26 PM
I've done it and won't do it again. The seams did show through (at least to me). Within a year I was tearing it all down. It was no harder because of the paint.

In another house we could not get the paper off. The biggest piece was the size of my thumbnail , ugh! We skim coated and then painted.
Jul 18, 2013, 01:21 AM
Thanks everyone. Guess it's coming down.
Jul 18, 2013, 11:46 PM
Well, so much for knowing what's under the wallpaper. My husband started taking off the wallpaper in our bath and found the original wallpaper under it. So the job has become bigger than we thought. Oh well, we have time to get it off and better to find out now. Really glad we decided not to paint over what we thought was a single layer. Guess we just forgot the original paper wasn't really removed.
Jul 19, 2013, 08:37 AM
Two layers of paper, twice the work. But worth it, I am sure.
Jul 19, 2013, 12:10 PM
lady of shallot
Haven't read all the responses but if this is your own home DO NOT DO IT. Wallpaper is a b..... to remove when it has been painted.

The kilz and such is just so the wallpaper doesn't show through the paint.

Well maybe in Metro's case it was easier because the wallpaper was pre-pasted. In my old house it was old paper where the paper hanger applied the paste.

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Jul 30, 2013, 07:23 PM
I've done it and yes, if you look for the seams, you can see them. But then I can find the seams in a papered room if I look for them too. Smile
Jul 31, 2013, 02:12 PM
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Aug 01, 2013, 03:36 PM
Froo Froo
I recently painted over a small area in our dining room because it was under chair rail and had picture molding (wainscot). The SW rep advised me to use oil based primer to conceal the pattern ( I applied two coats in a well ventilated room. He said water based primer would loosen the paper. I did repaste some loose sections of paper and double checked for air pockets ESP. In corners prior to applying the primer. The paint I used when the primer dried (the next day) was a matte white. Yes, the are a few (short) seams, but not highly visible.