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Tips: Don’t Paint Over Wallpaper

Considering house painting in Cape Coral? Stripping wallpaper is one of those projects that everyone dreads. They know it can be a tedious and messy process. It is only human nature to explore any options that will avoid this daunting task. As a result, one of the most common questions that I am asked is, […]

Considering house painting in Cape Coral? Stripping wallpaper is one of those projects that everyone dreads. They know it can be a tedious and messy process. It is only human nature to explore any options that will avoid this daunting task. As a result, one of the most common questions that I am asked is, “Can I paint over wallpaper?”

The process of stripping wallpaper is fairly easy if all of the wall prep was done correctly before it was applied. Unfortunately, you have no way of knowing that until you actually get into the process. Therefore, our tendency is to avoid opening that can of worms. A seemingly logical solution is to leave it alone, pretend it isn’t there and paint over it. But, there are the risks you run by attempting to paint over wallpaper.

Here is the “scientific” explanation for why commercial painting over wallpaper is not a good solution. Wallpaper paste is water based. The moisture from paint products will seep in around the edges and along the seams. When that happens, it compromises the integrity of the glue and weakens the adhesion.

Now also consider that with some papers, adding that liquid can actually cause the paper to shrink. At this point, all of the laws of physics are against you. Ultimately, the bond between the wall and the wallpaper will begin to fail. It is sneaky and it may not happen immediately. It could take a week, a month or even a year before the signs become apparent that the original glue has been stressed. Seams may become more visible or corners will start to give way.

At this point, you have a bigger mess on your hands as well as time and money down the drain. Before you consider house painting in Cape Coral contact Gafford Painting.