YIKES - paint over wallpaper

Old 05-03-07, 06:43 PM
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YIKES - paint over wallpaper

The previous owners painted over wallpaper (more than once it looks like). Now I am ready to paint the room - do I attempt to strip the wallpaper - and if so how - or do I just paint over it again?
Old 05-04-07, 05:15 AM
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I wouldn't strip the paper. If there's a texture imparted by the paper you don't like, you could skim coat with joint compound, then prime and paint.
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It is best to remove the paper but that is a LOT of work. You have to score the paper thru the paint just to get water/steam to the adhesive so it will soften up enough to allow removal. Some of the paper will be difficult at best to remove. After removal you will likely need to make repairs to the drywall and prime before you can paint.

While it's possible for painted wallpaper to loose it's adhesion to the wall, since it has already been painted it is less likely to happen.... and painting over the painted wallpaper is a lot less work

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