Painting over wallpaper?

camcintoshApril 28, 2013
Buying a home built in the 70's! Of course there is wallpaper everywhere! Can you paint over it or do you have to tear it down?
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Margo
Whether you can or can not paint over wallpaper is moot. The question should be why would you want to? Take it down. I say if you are going to do something- do it right. Instead of taking the time to prime, take the time to take it down. You may be surprised what is behind that wallpaper. I discovered mold once. Wallpaper can cover multiple sins!
    Bookmark   April 28, 2013 at 9:28AM
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kimdee24
I'm in the take it down first camp also. Always best to start with a fresh wall, patch up any holes or defects, and do it right the first time.
    Bookmark   April 28, 2013 at 9:30AM
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apple_pie_order
Remove the wallpaper. Normally, it is pretty quick to do. You'll get a better surface for painting and no wallpaper seams will show.
    Bookmark   April 28, 2013 at 9:31AM
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Interiors International, Inc.
I would remove it for the reasons listed above.
    Bookmark   April 28, 2013 at 9:34AM
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