How to avoid removing older wallpaper?


I have a small wallpapered bathroom. It has one main wall with older wallpaper. I hear there is self-sticking wallpaper now . Do I have to remove the old wallpaper first? Thank you. Candice

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  • William William on Nov 28, 2020

    If the wallpaper is stable, not peeling, and in good condition you can wallpaper over it. Wash it down so the new wallpaper will stick.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Nov 29, 2020

    Hi! I have wallpapered over old wallpaper. Make sure your wallpaper is well adhered and clean. I prefer to remove old wallpaper, but, sometimes it's better left in place, which may be what you are dealing with. The reason the wallpaper must be spotless, is the self adhesive paper will adhere to any dirt, etc. and not adhere to the wall. You might want to use a wallpaper glue wallpaper instead, like I did. Good luck and stay safe!

    • Candice Candice on Nov 29, 2020

      Thank you. Wallpaper has been on 30 years so far. Maybe your right to remove it. Keep safe carry on

  • on Nov 29, 2020

    Another vote for yes you can paper over it - but again only if the old wallpaper is in very good shape with the edges still glued down.

  • You can, but I would definitely ask at the paint store about the best technique. Sometimes they will tell you to prime over it with a prepping product.

  • Annie Annie on Nov 29, 2020

    I agree you could wallpaper over it, but personally, I would take down the old paper. It's not a hard job, just a bit of a pain.

    I use a well soaked sponge and wet the old paper. This will really help remove it and it helps to start at a corner or seam so you are wetting the paper under the wallpaper.

    Then used a plastic scraper and start picking at the paper. It will come up and you can start ripping it off.

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    • Annie Annie on Nov 29, 2020

      How about posting pictures as you go and put it up as a Hometalk project? I'd like to see how it all turns out :)

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Nov 29, 2020

    I would use a primer first then paper or repaper the wall

  • Maura White Maura White on Nov 29, 2020

    No you don't have to. But it may not give you a completely smooth finish unless you remove the old layer first.

  • Janice Janice on Nov 29, 2020

    You don't have to remove the old paper; however, I always try to take a more longterm view of what I might want to do in the future. With that in mind, personally, I would remove the existing wallpaper. I've removed wall paper in the past to update homes and have found as many as 5 layers of oaoer! Not fun to remove!

  • Mogie Mogie on Nov 29, 2020

    You will most likely be sorry that you didn't remove the old wall paper. If you want a professional looking finish you need to start with a clean and level surface.

    • Candice Candice on Nov 29, 2020

      Thank you for the video. I better remove the wallpaper. Stay safe carry on

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Nov 29, 2020

    If it is clean and no peeling, you can apply over existing.

  • You might be able to go right over it if it's stuck on enought. Otherwise use a steamer and peel it off.

  • You could probably go over it but know most peel and stick wallpaper doesn't block out what's behind it, you'll probably be able to see the old through the new. Do a little test part first.