Posts Tagged ‘pro 977’

Spring Time in a Powder Room

July 7, 2017

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I forgot my camera yesterday, the day I stripped off the old paper and prepped the walls, so I cannot show you the 15 year-old wallpaper with its curling seams, due to 1.) being an inexpensive paper-backed solid vinyl wallpaper (my least favorite kind – do a Search here), and 2.) the previous installer did not prime the walls but instead hung the wallpaper directly on the new home’s bare Sheetrock, and 3.) age, heat, and humidity. The pattern, however, was not too dissimilar to this one, being a sort of “impressionistic painting” design in the same blue, pink, yellow, and green color scheme.

Anyway, the new powder room looks fantastic. The colors are similar to what the homeowner had before, but this wallpaper should hold up much better. The material is paper (not vinyl), and will hug the wall tightly. I removed every scrap of old paper and sealed the walls with a penetrating sealer named Gardz, and then primed with a wallpaper-specific primer called Roman’s Ultra Prime Pro 977.

On top of this good foundation, the new wallpaper is a pre-pasted, raised-ink paper by Thibaut, and is one of my favorite products to work with, and I also love it’s dependable performance down the road. The pattern is #6936, and is very similar to their “Augustine” hummingbird design (Do a Search here). I love the barely-discernible texture of these raised-ink papers. A unique printing process results in this effect.

This wallpaper pattern is by Thibaut Designs, and was bought at below retail price from Dorota Hartwig 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.

Wallpaper Primers

April 20, 2017

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There are lots of “wallpaper hangers” out there who slap paper up on the wall without a thought to prep. To do the job right, and to help ensure that the paper will stay on the wall for years to come, one of the basic steps is to apply a good primer.

There are different primers that will work under wallpaper. Here are a few that I use, depending on what the situation is in the room.

Roman’s Ultra Prime Pro 977 is a white-pigmented wallpaper-specific product, and it is my primer of choice.

But when I have skim-floated walls to smooth them, the new surface needs to be sealed, and Gardz is a wonderful product for that. It also seals and binds torn drywall. And it is also a good primer for wallpaper.

KILZ Original (oil-based) is called in when there are stains (water, rust, smoke, grease, etc.) or other problems that might bleed through the new wallpaper. For decades, KILZ was my go-to primer for wallpaper, too. But in recent years, to keep up with regulations from the EPA, the formula has changed. This primer may be more compatible with the environment, but the chemical make-up has changed, and wallpaper paste no longer wants to stick to it. So it’s used to seal stains, and then another wallpaper primer is applied on top of it.

Grrrrr!!! Defective Paper!

November 19, 2014

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Look closely, and you will see smudges, mis-prints, white specs, and other disappointing defects in this expensive, hand-screened wallpaper by Schumacher.

At first, I thought it wasn’t too noticeable. But the more strips that went up, and the more pieces I cut and prepped, and the more I looked at the very nice house and furnishings of these homeowners, the more I acknowledged that these people should not have wallpaper in their powder room with little defects here and there.

And these homeowners will be hosting a charity fund-raiser soon, and wanted their bathroom to be finished by then. I had an unexpected opening in my schedule and could get their room done in time for the event, and they paid a lot to have the wallpaer express-shipped. Now the room is stripped of its original paper, but the new paper cannot go up. Can you say “ugly”?

This is a real pain, to argue with the company that the paper is defective and should be replaced. Some companies really buck this (Did you know it’s always the paperhanger’s fault??!), even when you show them proof. Replacement wallpaper from the same run won’t do, because it likely contains the same defects. So we will have to wait until a new batch is printed and shipped, and when I have another opening when I can come back to finish this job.

We had ordered extra paper. But there was not enough to cut around the defects, and still accommodate the pattern repeat, and still have enough to paper all the walls. Luckily, I had only hung two strips, and had only pasted and booked the third. The industry standard is that, if you hang three strips, you (supposedly, according to the manufacturers) have accepted the product, and cannot complain about any defects, nor ask for compensation. Also, luckily, although we had four double rolls of wallpaper, I had only cut and trimmed one double roll. Manufacturers usually won’t replace any goods that have been cut, so we are good there.

On the other, unlucky side, when I stripped off the two pieces I had already hung, because they were half-dry, instead of stripping off in a 2-step process, they both tore some of my primer away from the wall, and even tore the Sheetrock in some places. This leaves something of a mess to be dealt with before the new paper can be hung.

Although the wall needs a little more work before it is smooth and sound enough for wallpaper, I went ahead and primed it again with Roman’s Ultra Prime, Pro 977, simply so that the homeowners would have a white wall, instead of a torn up wall, in case they have to have their party before the new paper arrives and can be hung.

The interior designer on this job is Meg Caldwell, and she says she has a good relationship with Schumacher, so she is dealing with trying to get the paper replaced, or a refund of money so the homeowners, can select something different.