I'm getting ready to paper a wall and could use some advice from all the
seasoned vets here. I removed the existing wallpaper, which in spite of my
best efforts (including the use of a steamer) resulted in damage to the
drywall. I sealed the entire thing with an oil-based primer, then floated
the wall, sanded (very dusty!) and put two more coats of the sealer on. Now
I'm ready to paper and have two questions:
1. Should I use wallpaper size? I was planning on it. When I went to Home
Depot to buy some they didn't have any, and the person staffing that
department had never heard of it. Maybe I should shop elsewhere <g> (We
didn't buy the paper from them; we ordered it from the 'net.) I've read in
other posts that size will make it easier to remove this paper later. If
that's so I definitely want to use it. But I've seen in other places that it
isn't necessary, and the instructions that came with the paper don't say
anything about sizing.
2. We're doing a different paper on the top and botton of the wall, with a
border at the chair-rail height to separate the papers. We're also probably
going to put thin (maybe 1/2") painted wood strips along the top and bottom
edge of the border. Should I put the top and bottom paper on first, butting
the edges together, then put the border over the top of that? Or should I
put the border on first, then trim the top and bottom papers to the top and
bottom edge of the border? Either way, the seams will be covered by the
painted wood strips. So maybe it doesn't matter.
I always size. The paper goes on easier, stays on better, and removes
easier. (The new owner of my old house thanked me for sizing when they
removed paper that had been up for about ten years.) Sizing is inexpensive
Steamers are overkill, IMO. Do a google search on my email addy and
wallpaper for removal advice.
Home Depot sells size, premixed and dry. Get your paper and follow the
mfg's instructions. I'd go to a wallpaper store, myself, and buy from a
known brand. The big stores are great for prices, but buying from
someone with 20 or 30 years in the biz gives you expertice you will
never get at the big stores.
Not much difference; it's just wallpaper paste.
Put up the strips, measure carefully (twice, with level), prime and
paint them. Then put up your border and paper.
Yes, it matters. I would not want to try to paint the wood with the
paper in place, or to remove the paper someday that lies under the
strips. Use a metal straight edge and fresh razor blades (in a handle)
when you trim the papers - take it slow so you don't gash the trim or
cut too deeply.
Sizing is not necessary. It is little more than thinned down adhesive.
If you've got this wall primed with a flat oil based primer you need
I'm going to guess this is a pre-pasted paper.
These come with varying degrees of adhesive on them. Because of this
most homeowner failures are due to not enough glue.
I don't recommend using a water tray. Lay the sheets out on a flat
table & roll water on. With a little experimentation, add a premixed
clear glue to the water. The key is SLIP & GRIP. It should feel gooey.
Flat oil is not porous so you'll want the adhesive fairly stiff.
You should be able to tell when you try to position a strip. It should
slide easily into place & have enough tack to stay in place.
Also, too much adhesive is no good, that oil won't absorb it.
And will cause the seams to separate upon drying.
Tacky. IMNSHO. Will look much nicer without the trim.
Should I put the top and bottom paper on first, butting
Hang the tops & bottoms at he same time overlapping in the middle
where the border goes. Then double cut through both layers. Peel the
top & bottom layer off & you should be able to get a nice tight seam.
If it's a pre-pasted border wash the adhesive off with hot water & a
sponge. You'll need a small container of VOV (vinyl over vinyl
adhesive). Experimentation time again thinning the adhesive.
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