Bob, you can't really tell how the walls are prepped until you remove
some of the paper. A reputable paper hanger will make sure the walls
are sized, or at least have some semi-gloss paint on them.
Paper hangers are like everyone else, they want repeat business.
Prepping the walls properly is as much for them as it is for the
A new thing I've noticed in new construction homes is that, if the
buyer wants paper, there's no prep. The paper is hung on bare drywall
and joint compound. I've done 2 kitchens where this was the case. No
more. Even with all the "worst care scenario" advanced warnings I could
think of, and a strict "time and materials" quote, the owners were
upset at the time, the cost, and how butchered the walls looked. It was
to the point that they were going to report us to the BBB and Angie's
Actually, one did give a bad report to Angie's List. We had to go to
the office and make our case before it was recorded. Thankfully, they
withheld the report.
i don't like losing customers, but some aren't worth having.