Posts Tagged ‘adhere’

Whoops – Someone Papered Over Existing Wall Texture

June 6, 2018

See that light dimpling under the wallpaper in the top photo? That is the textured wall showing through the new wallpaper. I sure don’t like this.

First of all, it just looks cheesy. Second, hanging over texture impedes the wallpaper’s ability to cling to the wall – it wants to adhere to a smooth, flat surface, and can’t get a firm grip on a maze of hills and valleys.

Once I started to strip the paper (second photo), I could see the wall’s original texture. Once all the paper is off and the surface is solid and clean, I will skim-float the wall to smooth it. Then a primer, then the new paper can go up.

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Improper Prep Leads to Failed Wallpaper Job

February 7, 2018


The new homeowners bought an adorable 1920’s home in the Woodland Heights neighborhood of Houston, and inherited a dining room with a beautiful wallpaper pattern – that unfortunately had not been hung properly. The wallpaper was curling at the seams, peeling away, and literally falling off the wall. It is taking chunks of a white substance along with it.

It’s hard to determine exactly what is causing the failure, but the first issue is that the underlying wallpaper was not removed. Since wallpaper has an acrylic coating, it does not provide a secure foundation for the new paper to adhere to. In some cases, it’s not possible to remove the old paper, and then the seams should be floated over, and the old paper should be primed so it will have a surface that the new paper can grab ahold of.

Here, it looks like the walls were either not primed at all, or were primed with a flat wall paint. Some of that paint is letting go of the old wallpaper and pulling away from the wall, which allows the new paper to fall off.

Ideally, that striped ’90’s paper should be stripped off, along with any other layers of paper underneath. But it looks like some of the underlying paper was floated over, and that makes it particularly difficult to remove.

I suspect there are other issues going on, so it will take some time and exploration to decide what will be the proper approach for removing the beige paper and then prepping the walls, before the new homeowners’ new paper can go up.

Keeping Paste Off The Ceiling & Walls

January 10, 2017

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Here I am trimming the right edge off a strip of wallpaper, where the papered accent wall meets a painted wall. To keep paste off the painted wall, I have applied some 2″ wide, thin plastic non-adhesive tape to the back pasted side of the wallpaper. In the photo, I have trimmed off the excess paper, and am removing the protective plastic tape from the underside of the wall paper. Now the paste is uncovered and able to adhere the wallpaper to the wall.