Why Painting Over Wallpaper Is A BAD Idea

Why Painting Over Wallpaper Is A BAD Idea

As tempting as it may seem, do not paint over wallpaper. Sure, you might think that you are saving yourself some time by not removing it first, since the removal process can take hours. Plus, you might have to do any number of repairs to the walls once the wallpaper is removed. However, taking this shortcut can lead to a number of consequences. Some of these include:

Beware the Bubbles

Bubbles can form which will mar the surface of the paint. This will make your paint look uneven, not to mention bumpy in the sections that have bubbled. It is impossible to tell which types of wallpaper can be painted over without this happening, so avoid it and just remove the wallpaper.

Get Ready to Paint... A LOT of Layers

It may take too many coats to completely cover the pattern. Even with a good coat or two of primer, some wallpaper patterns simply cannot be covered entirely. Unless you want your walls to look weird with a strange pattern seeping through in areas, do not paint over the wallpaper.

What Else Could Go Wrong?

The wallpaper may start to fall down while you are painting over it – leading to more work. Sometimes the liquid paint can seep through the wallpaper, weakening the glue that it holding it to the wall. When this happens, the wallpaper will begin to fall off of the wall during the painting process. The only way to fix it is to remove the wallpaper entirely and prime and paint the bare walls.

Hard to Go Back

It will be difficult to remove later when you decide that it is time for a change. If you do manage to successfully paint over your wallpaper, what happens later? Do you put additional coats of paint on top of it, or try to remove the wallpaper and the paint? The latter is the best option, but it will be hard to get down to the wallpaper glue when the paint is sealing it in. You will have to first remove the paint in order to remove the wallpaper.