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22 Years Service Out of the Right Primer

September 2, 2011

In previous posts, I mentioned that I had had the opportunity to revisit a number of homes where I had installed wallpaper as long ago as 22 years. I was pleased to see that these jobs still look as good now as they did the day I did the work.

One key element to which I attribute this success is A GOOD PRIMER. It’s one of the essential parts of a good wallpaper job.

A good primer:

1. Prepares the surface to receive the new wallpaper

2. Seals off stains that could bleed through the paper (blood, rust, mildew, knot holes in wood)

3. Provides a clean white base, so the true color of the new wallpaper shows to best advantage.

4. Seals a porous surface, so paste stays on the wall to hold the paper in place, instead of soaking into the wall where it can’t do its job

5. Lays a uniform surface for even wallpaper installation (drywall, joint compound, paint, etc., all are disparate materials; a primer on top creates a uniform surface)

6. Wallpaper won’t stick to a slick surface (glossy or semi-gloss paint, for instance), but a primer will, and it provides a new surface with enough porosity to hold the paste, but also enough “slip” so the paper can be slid around into position as required.

7. For this reason, a good primer ensures an easier and consistant installation

8. Creates a layer between the drywall and the paper, making it much easier to remove paper when it’s time to redecorate, without damaging the drywall. Anyone who has tried to strip wallpaper from bare Sheetrock knows how arduous a task and how big a mess this can be!

See why I ALWAYS use a primer?!

For decades, I have used Oil Based KILZ. Like it says on the label, “Number One, Because It Works!”

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