has anyone success in putting vinyl wallpaper on top of existing vinyl
In the room I'm working on, the original vinyl paper is sound and is
painted over with vinyl silk emulsion.
Some vinyl papers are designed so they peel - the top layer comes off
leaving the backing layers on the wall. These are suitable for papering
directly on top.
A steam stripper usually gets painted wallpaper off quiet easily.
I did a search of earlier discussions on the subject, so I know a few of
the options. It's pretty clear that taking the vinyl facing off the
original paper and then re-papering on the sound lining paper that remains
is a favourite option. Steam stripping is also a popular method.
In the situation I've got here, the old vinyl is sound and has several
coats of paint over it. The original paper is now smoothly and cleanly
welded to the bottom of the ceiling coving and the top of the skirting by
multiple overlapping coats of paint. Stripping the paper will damage the
finish on both these adjacent moulded areas.
If the substrate was masonry and plaster walls, I'd be tempted to make a
clean cut at all the intersections with a Stanley knife. As the walls are
of the platerboarded, stud partition type though., I'm reluctant to weaken
the face of the plasterboad by cutting into it.
So, what I'm interested to know, if anyone has experienced the like, is
will vinyl wallpaper adhere to previously applied vinyl wallpaper that has
been coated with vinyl silk paint?
If it's possible, would it be necessary to use a special type of paste?
I can't see any problem with doing that - were it plain unpainted vinyl I'd
pull the top layer off, but I understand your concerns that this might not
be so straightforward as it's been painted and is on top of plasterboard.
I'd size the wall first as per instructions on packets of paste (whether the
new paper is ready-pasted or not), then hang the new paper as normal (ie as
per instructions on the new paper)
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richard at olifant d-ot co do-t uk
Just for future reference for anyone who might find it useful.
I put vinyl wallpaper on top of the existing, vinyl silk painted, vinyl
wallpaper. The paper was easy to apply and slide into place because of the
semi-glossiness and low absorbency of the existing wall surface. The paper
has stuck well and the edges have rolled down smoothly and are firmly
fixed. I used Solvite Extra Strong All Purpose paste.
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