Wallpapering over bright red cheap emulsion

Hi, I have a basic cheap emulsion in my living room that is bright red, which rubs off easily on a wet wipe. I want to wallpaper over it, but I'm worried about the paint soaking through the paper. Will I be ok just applying a primer over the top of the red emulsion, or should I remove the red emulsion somehow? If the latter, what is the easiest and quickest way of removing the emulsion? The wall material is simple plaster board by the way. Thanks.

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Design Studio 71
1 Reviews, 100% Positive
Hi, its easy just put white matt paint on it and paper the wall. nothing will be happen.
5th Sep 2016
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North Herts Builders
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Hi you'd be OK to paint over it I'd recommend valsper paint available from b&q
14th Jul 2016
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Classic Decor
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i would try to wash the emulsion off with hot water and a sponge,then size it and cross line it prior to wallpapering.
25th Aug 2016
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stephen webb
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If your hanging a finish paper you need to cross line first or every joint will show. If its to be papered with blown vynil then painted,you should be safe to paper straight over it.
6th Dec 2016
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YesFix
4 Reviews, 75% Positive
To be honest with you, i would always recommend preparing the walls ready for papering no matter what colour the wall is. With the colour being red, there is a chance that the colour might show through (grin / smile) but this ultimatly would depend on how thick and what type of paper you are applying.
My advice would be to sand the walls, stabalise it with PVA (makes applying the paper much easier) and then cross-line it before hanging your chosen decorative wallpaper.

Hope that helps!
Scott
26th Nov 2016
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It's unlikely the paper will stick to the red paint if it wipes off, I'd remove it
8th Jan 2017
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BRIGHTSTAR BUILDING SERVICES
51 Reviews, 98% Positive
my suggestion will be apply one cotes of magnolia or white emulsion paint and that will be ok for wall papering
24th Nov 2016
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Hi there,if you apply two coats of white emulsion first as a base coat I would suggest a water based eggshell paint when it drys it will dry tough and will not come off or leak through the new wallpaper.

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Barry J.Hall Decorators
5th Jan 2017
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DIYStressBuster
3 Reviews, 100% Positive
As we cannot be certain of what paint is already on the walls, I would recommend washing it off with a sugar soap solution, any that does not come off in this way can stay and can safely be wallpapered over. Alternatively you could prime with a stain stop paint but I would be concerned as to whether the old emulsion is firmly adhered to the wall so I would go for the sugar soap. The caveat here is that I would prefer to see the job personally to rule out other causes such as poor pre-paint wall preparation or environmental factors. My visits to provide an estimate are free.
18th Jan 2017
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Sas building contractors
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Hi
If it is silk paint just score the wall with a Stanley knife & then use a ready mix paper adhesive from Brewers
Regards simon
22nd Dec 2016
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I suggested before applying the wallpaper to paint the walls white paint middle class. if you do not see anything disturbing the walls cracks or air bubble can put wallpaper. Regards
5th Jan 2017
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L.A Plastering London
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Use lining paper first then paper it should be fine
27th Jan 2017
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Adam Building construction Ltd
5 Reviews, 100% Positive
Recommend paint over it with white emulsion first, before you wallpaper your walls.
19th Feb 2017
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Yes paint over it with white emulsion first before you paper your walls.
10th Sep 2016
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Domy building services ltd
18 Reviews, 100% Positive
You can use PVA with wa terrible around 1L PVA to 3 water mix and apply on walls when dry can start .
Regards Florin
24th Feb 2017
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Oscar roofing
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It sounds like you need to take it off first then apply wallpaper
17th May 2017
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Leedec services ltd
7 Reviews, 100% Positive
You can't scrape it away due to it being board so you must take the shine off by using a 60-80grit paper on the paint and apply a good sizing coat maybe 2
14th Apr 2017
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You can either prime the wall with a suitable primer or line the wall with lining paper vertically.
29th Jun 2017
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Style Decor
3 Reviews, 100% Positive
So what I would do/suggest is to size the area in question prior to wallpapering.
Size the wall/walls using the wallpaper adhesive.
14th Aug 2019
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