“Scrim” Backing on Solid Vinyl Wallpaper

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This thick vinyl wallpaper has a deeply-embossed surface. To support that, the material has been fused to a “scrim” backing – a loosely-woven fabric that is sort of like fine, strong cheesecloth.

While I don’t like solid vinyl wallpapers with a paper backing (because the seams tend to curl up in humid environments), those made with this woven scrim backing are a whole ‘nother ball game … They are tough and durable, resistant to water, resistant to humidity, can be washed, can be banged into, etc., all without worries of damage.

The manufacturer is York Wallcoverings, and the paper was bought through Dorota at Southwestern Paint on Bissonnet near Kirby. (713) 520-6262 or dorotasouthwestern@hotmail.com. She is great at helping you find just the perfect paper! Discuss your project and make an appointment before heading over to see her.

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5 Responses to ““Scrim” Backing on Solid Vinyl Wallpaper”

  1. Painting with Bob Says:

    I agree about the “scrim” backing. I’ve worked with wallcoverings that had that backing. Very helpful in some cases. It requires careful handling, and a bit more patience that normal. By the way, very interesting blog.

  2. Painting with Bob Says:

    Postscript to my earlier comment. “Scrimming” backing on the commercial grade wallcoverings tend to be better designed and applied by the maker/manufacturer. And, they tend to look better, clean easier, and hold up longer.

  3. Ben Johnston Says:

    Hey I was wondering if you past the wall or the paper with scrim backing wallpaper? Thanks

    • thewallpaperlady Says:

      Hi, Ben. Thanks for reading my blog.
      Scrim backing is going to expand, like most other substrates, when it gets wet with paste. So, yes, you need to paste the paper, not the wall. Then book it a few minutes, allow it to expand, and then hang.
      Mostly only for the newish non-woven materials is it OK to paste the wall. The N-W’s have a high fiberglass component, so they do not need to book and soak up paste and expand on your table. You can either paste the material and hang immediately, or you can paste the wall.

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