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Painting Over Wallpaper

Q: Is it possible to paint over existing wallpaper?

—Asheesh, Fremont, California

A: It's possible, but it's bad practice and we don't recommend it. First of all, the job can never be made to look good. Second, it's a sign of lazy workmanship. Third, painted wallpaper is a real bear to remove, so you'll make the job even tougher for yourself or someone else down the road. If the paper is unpainted now, a wallpaper steamer will make fairly short work of removal, then you can clean the wall with a solution of vinegar and water, then prep, prime, and paint as if it were a raw plaster wall.

Watch a pro painting contractor remove old, painted wallpaper: How to Strip Wallpaper.
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