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Should I Paint Over My Wallpaper?

What do you do if you’re tired of the old wallpaper covering your walls and want the simple look of painted walls instead? Do you just paint over the wallpaper? Or do you commit to the often time-consuming and even frustrating process of removing the wallpaper first? As a professional interior painting company, we know all the ins and outs of this tricky question.

Should I Remove Wallpaper Before I Paint?

If you want a smooth, beautiful painted wall, you should remove the wallpaper before you paint. Leaving the wallpaper on and painting over it can result in a less-than-attractive result. The seams between the wallpaper panels may show through the paint, and even the wallpaper’s pattern and texture may make itself known.

Additionally, the act of painting can affect the wallpaper’s adhesive, causing it to come loose and create air bubbles or obvious tears on the wall. It may be impossible to remove the dust and grease accumulated on the wallpaper over the years, resulting in a painted surface that’s far from attractive.

Potential Problems Painting Over Wallpaper

Painting over wallpaper comes with its own set of difficulties. You need to patch any tears in the wallpaper with spackle, and you need to remove every speck of dust and press out every air bubble. An oil-based primer is required, and you’ll also have to apply wallboard material to cover the seams. If you don’t complete all the preparation steps, you’ll end up with the wallpaper softening, resulting in cracking and bubbling.

When You Have to Paint Over Your Wallpaper

Sometimes your choices are limited. With many older homes, removing layers of wallpaper is especially difficult. You can damage the drywall or plaster if it’s not removed correctly. In this case, you may have to paint over the wallpaper to keep from having to rebuild your walls. Proper preparation is key to making this work.

Whether you choose to paint over wallpaper or strip the wallpaper to get the smooth painted walls you want, the process will go much easier if you bring painting professionals into the mix. At Padlo’s Perfect Painting, we know how to handle both wallpaper and the trickiest paint jobs. Reach out today to learn more about our interior painting services.

Bonnie F. in Cherry Hill, NJ

Great guys to deal with. They are clean, efficient, and I would recommend them anytime.

Mark P. in Moorestown, NJ

Matt and Team Padlo are professionals who excel at their craft and provide a great experience. My ROI is seen immediately with the finished product. A significant value add with this project of completing a 23 x 20 rec room for my kids. I've already requested Matt to complete my next painting project. I highly recommend Matt and his team. Thank you.

Adrienne V. in Philadelphia, PA

My husband and I moved into a new construction ( read: all walls were builders white ) home and didn't paint anything for over a year. Once finding out we were pregnant we decided it was time to paint everything while having painting our nursery. We were at a paint store looking at samples and grabbed a bunch of business cards and called every one. Matt Padlo called us back within the hour, came to our house, took measurements and gave us a quote all in the same day. As a matter of fact we hired Padlos Perfect Painting and they started work BEFORE most of the others returned our call. Matt also had a designer come do a walk through ( at no additional cost ) which ended up being a huge help, we ended up picking three different shades of gray, and adding some accent walls, and painting our babys closet a gorgeous tangerine orange which we absolutely love. Matt and his team were polite and professional while keeping our house clean and furniture protected. They were quick and did amazing work. I can't recommend them enough!

Yolanda B. in Mount Holly, NJ

I love the job they did in my living room and kitchen! Very professional and great customer service!

Phyllis G. in Manahawkin NJ

Professional helpful pleasant preparation great moved all furniture and replaced when finished to my liking. Worked with his team and overseen everything. Love his work and would recommend and hire again.