Whoops! Someone Painted Over Old Wallpaper

Sometimes, even I can’t tell by looking at walls when someone has painted over existing wallpaper. But when you remove the switch plate covers and find this – it’s a sure bet!

Painting over wallpaper is a bad idea for many reasons. Click the link to my page on the right.

It may take some time, but almost always it’s possible to get that paper off the wall.

But sometimes, it’s unavoidable, as in cases where the previous installer hung on top of new drywall and didn’t use a primer to seal off the drywall.

In cases when the paper cannot be removed, if the surface is sealed and prepped correctly, it would be OK to paint or even hang wallpaper on top.

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