Posts Tagged ‘wallpaper hangers’

Wonderful Trim to Finish a Bull-Nosed Corner

April 29, 2017

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Rounded / bull-nosed corners have been popular in new construction for about 10 years. But they are Hell for wallpaper hangers, because it’s very hard to cut a straight line along them, plus having wallpaper end on a rounded corner like this invites peeling up.

Here is a piece of inexpensive wooden trim that a client found at Home Depot and applied to the rounded edge. It really gives a nice, finished look. And it gives a good, secure place for the wallpaper to land against.

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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.

Convenient Pencil Holder

November 10, 2015

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Wallpaper hangers need access to their pencils at all times. Some of my buddies keep their pencils behind their ears. Well, that doesn’t work for me – I guess my ears stick out too much. 🙂

So I stash my pencil in my right sock, where it’s always handy.

Wallpaper Hangers’ Convention This Week

September 12, 2013

I am off to Reno, for the annual convention of the National Guild of Professional Paperhangers (NGPP). Yes, we paperhangers have a convention every year – educational seminars, vendor show case, socializing, and much more.

Say, I am even giving a presentation – on blogging!