Should I paint over the wallpaper in my mobile home or remove it?

Christine Roan
by Christine Roan

Paint over the wall paper in this manufactured mobile home or do I remove it?

  22 answers
  • William William on Nov 24, 2019

    Most walls in mobile and modular homes are factory installed panels. If you walls are drywall best to remove it. If the walls are the panels with seam strips every four feet the your best bet is to paint over.

  • Laura Cooper Laura Cooper on Nov 24, 2019
    Christine, I've done this different ways depending on the final results I wanted. This appears to be wall board and not wallpaper? You can paint over it, but use Kilz first since the finish is slick. Also, be sure to clean with TSP or Dawn before priming. If you want a complete transformation, however, I've installed new 1/4" drywall on top of this. Then tape, mud, prime and paint. This is definitely a lot more work but the results will make it look like a house. Word of caution: if you drywall, you will probably want to do your whole house. 😊
  • DesertRose DesertRose on Nov 24, 2019

    Hi Christine, we have done this in the past. We washed down the walls with a good soapy cleaner like Dawn dishsoap and warm water, then primed with Kilz aroma-free primer paint, then painted the color we wanted. Hope this helps.

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Nov 24, 2019

    You could paint but it needs to be primed first. Pay attention to wall imperfection. Wall paper hides them better then paint

  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom Holly Lengner - Lost Mom on Nov 24, 2019

    I would paint the walls. Use a good primer and then paint. Good Luck!

  • Janice Janice on Nov 24, 2019

    Hi Christine, be sure the area is extremely clean and no greasy residue is left on the surface. Use a good stain-blocking primer and then paint. Since the wall covering appears to have some texture along with the design, that texture is still likely to appear even though you've painted unless you add some type of "spackle" finish that you then knock down to a smooth surface. Paint, indeed, will make a big change in decor to your area.

  • Clare Clare on Nov 24, 2019

    I agree with Laura and DesertRose, Wash down, paint with Kilz then paint any color as desired. Use a good quality paint like Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore. The better the paint the fewer coats you’ll need to cover the pattern in the paperboard.

  • Dee Dee on Jan 22, 2023

    Unless you are good with wallpapering I would paint the walls. Use a good latex paint not Home Depot or Lowes paint it is too thin. If you know how to wallpaper you could put a second layer on top if the seams are in good condition.

    If you take off the wallpaper, use a paper tiger to score the old paper. Spray the wallpaper with 1/2 and 1/2 Downey Fabric softener and water. Let sit for approximately 1-15 minutes use a plastic scraper and the paper will come right off.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 26, 2023

    Well I would normally say Strip the walls if the paper is damaged, but in a Mobile Home where the walls are not thick if you need more insulation put a thick Wallpaper or foam backed paper over the top to help with that problem. If you dont have the problem then just paint the walls in a colour you can live with .

  • We live in a very old house and there's wallpaper under almost all the walls. If the paper is in decent condition and the seams aren't coming up, you should have no trouble painting it. But I usually recommend a flat wall paint that will hide any imperfections.

  • Mogie Mogie on May 01, 2023

    Remove it and start with a clean surface.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jun 01, 2023

    If it is in very good condition you can clean the wall down and then use a good primer to sort of seal it and paint with a good matt paint since all glossy paints maginify boo boos.

  • Deb K Deb K on Jun 10, 2023

    Hi Christin, I would paint over them, I like the pattern in them as well because it's very forgiving with dents and scratches, etc. Just be sure to put a layer of primer like Kils over it first.

  • If it's not lifting, you can paint over it.

  • Lmc97147825 Lmc97147825 on Jan 18, 2024

    wallpaper, with paint able wallpaper , then paint ,this will hide ,improfections

  • I would paint over it. Be sure to use a good primer to prevent the pattern from bleeding through.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jan 18, 2024

    Mobile homes typically have panels which were installed at manufacture with panels and strips every 4 or so feet. It would be best to clean the walls very well and repair any imperfections. Then apply a primer, such as Kilz and then paint.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 18, 2024

    Remove it! You will never be happy with the finished look if you don't! Mind you, you could put a thick sculptured wallpaper over it and then when you get fed up with it, paint it?

  • If it’s a panel, you might only be able to paint them. You could cover over them with another panel material. Otherwise for the best results, removing wallpaper is the right way to go.

  • Betsy Betsy on Jan 21, 2024

    Hi Christine: I'd paint over it, but first I'd fill in any holes and sand down any lumps. You will still have the ridges that are there in the paneling, however. If it is, indeed, wallpaper, you can remove it before painting.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jan 22, 2024

    Are you sure this is wall paper? If it is wall paper I would remove it simply because you will get a better finished result with a smooth clean surface.

  • Libbie B Libbie B on Jan 30, 2024

    I've done both. If it's not textured, I would paint it.