Can wallpaper border be painted over?

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The border is red, gold and green and I want to paint the walls a medium blue.

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  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Apr 14, 2018
    Yes, but remember you will always see the border You could always highlight it with silver if desired............
    • Midge Midge on Apr 14, 2018
      This is a reply to all that answered. Thank you so much for all of your suggestions. I think to be on the safe side, I will just call in a professional and have him do the job. Thanks again to all.
  • Jcraw Jcraw on Apr 14, 2018
    While it’s an awful task, it would be best to just bite the bullet and take it down. You’ll always see it. Not matter how many coats of primer you use.
  • Bijous Bijous on Apr 14, 2018
    If you absolutely don't want to take down the border, use spackling over the edge of the border to smooth out the wall. Otherwise, you can see the border's edge.
  • Le' Le' on Apr 14, 2018
    The consensus is never paint wallpaper. However, the wallpaper in my kitchen had been on for 30 years and was "impossible" to get off. So....we painted it. It looks fine. The only thing I would do different would be to lightly sand where two sheets of wallpaper came together. Good luck.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Apr 14, 2018
    non a recommended practice.remove it to avoid a headache
  • Sharon Sharon on Apr 14, 2018
    I sure wouldn't, its quite likely to start to lift on edges and bubble, and then cause you've painted it, is going to be much harder to remove. Remove it, its not that hard, use fabric softner and hot water apply to scored border and scrape off. Most of the time I can yank off the border by finding an edge thats lifted before I even wet it, then I am just dealing with the backing which is real easy to get off.
  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Apr 14, 2018
    My pleasure.........