Grasscloth – Beware of This…

Unstable ink on grasscloth comes off on my hands

Some grasscloths that have ink sprayed on the surface are very unstable… If the manufacturers would only apply a sealant, they would perform much better. Or, better yet, are the goods made with the color coming from the colored paper backing, with natural colored ‘grass’ on the surface, and no dyes sprayed on at all.

The problem is that with the sprayed-on goods, the color can come off, leaving blotches on the surface of the paper. This paper bled so badly that red ink got all over the woodwork, or anywhere where even the slightest bit of dampness touched the paper. These papers can also stain quite easily, even with clear paste made especially for grasscloth.

People buy these papers because they look beautiful in the selection books, having no idea how BAD they can end up looking on their wall.  This homeowner said she had doubts when she first looked at the wrapped roll, with ink smudges plainly visible on the label…even the person who wrapped the paper got ink smeared on his hands and everything he touched.

Ironically, earlier in the week, I had installed another Astek grasscloth (natural color) and it performed beautifully.

This photo shows the ink that came off on my DRY hands, just in unwrapping the paper, and one very red spot on my rag when I touched the paper lightly to test it.  I avoided getting water or paste on the paper, yet by the time I finished with each individual strip, my hands were absolutely crimson, and felt thick with ink.

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