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Can I Put Wallpaper Over My Textured Walls or Knockdown Ceilings?

Posted on December 11, 2012 by gordonboardway

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Wallpaper pastes are water reactive. They react much like yeast when baking bread.

It takes lukewarm water, patience and skill to obtain the best results. Papers are “booked” (folded over) loosely to allow papers to expand or cure to their full width and provide time for the paste to activate. The paper is going to be very wet when applied to the wall or ceiling. This is where you will have problems if the wall is not primed.

Latex coatings (i.e. most house paints); textures, drywall mud and drywall react to water. They may even become unstable. We recommend that all surfaces for wall covering applications be primed with an alkyd or oil based primer. This will assure there are no reactive or adhesion issues. Even a small area of poor adhesion can ruin your application. It is not worth the risk of skipping this step. And, if you ever decide to remove or change the wall covering, this step will make your life so much easier.

Alternative Wall Liner

Wall liner is a requirement for some wall coverings like grass cloth. Its main purpose it to absorb excess moisture from the finish wall covering and control the expansion and contraction process of the finish wallpaper during the drying process. Non-woven wall liner is designed to smooth rough surfaces for the ultimate application of wallpaper or paint. Surfaces it was designed to cover include brick, wood paneling, laminate, ceramic tile, cement block, stucco, textured, and damaged walls. Wall liners are frequently installed by cross lining them horizontally or what for years has been called railroading.” The appeal of cross lining is that you will never have a seam fall on top of another. Expect to pay $2.50 to $5.00 a sq. ft. for quality wall liner and another $2.50 to $5.50 for installation.

Paste Everything

Remember that yummy white Elmer’s school paste? You could not live without it and many of us even ate some. Well… you cannot live without wallpaper paste either. Do not under any circumstances rely solely on pre-pasted paper. If you are installing the paper over any texture at all, the pre-pasted areas will only stick to the tips of the peaks on the texture. Most likely the paper will peel off the wall or ceiling within a short period of time. Always use heavy duty high quality paste. Put it on thick enough to fill in the remaining gaps of the surface (if any). Working with heavily pasted papers can be difficult. It takes time, finesse and effort to get these on the surface correctly. If you are doing this DIY, make sure you allow for stretching and dry time in your project plan. Trying to overwork papers & pastes is a good way to mess up your project.

Yes, you can have wall coverings installed over textured walls and ceilings. The outcome is highly dependent on your objectives, the wall covering used, materials and the expectations for quality. And, of course, your cost is contingent on these as well.

Hiring a professional like ProTect Painters may be a better option than trying to DIY. Professional have the tools, know the requirements and have the experience to make the job come out right. Wall coverings provide a wide range of options for making your home or business look great. When installed correctly, there is nothing more appealing.

Wallpaper Sources Online

ProTect Painters of Oviedo

Nobody Protects Like ProTect!

Can I Put Wallpaper Over My Textured Walls or Knockdown Ceilings?

Posted on December 11, 2012 by gordonboardway

Prime Time

Wallpaper pastes are water reactive. They react much like yeast when baking bread.

It takes lukewarm water, patience and skill to obtain the best results. Papers are “booked” (folded over) loosely to allow papers to expand or cure to their full width and provide time for the paste to activate. The paper is going to be very wet when applied to the wall or ceiling. This is where you will have problems if the wall is not primed.

Latex coatings (i.e. most house paints); textures, drywall mud and drywall react to water. They may even become unstable. We recommend that all surfaces for wall covering applications be primed with an alkyd or oil based primer. This will assure there are no reactive or adhesion issues. Even a small area of poor adhesion can ruin your application. It is not worth the risk of skipping this step. And, if you ever decide to remove or change the wall covering, this step will make your life so much easier.

Alternative Wall Liner

Wall liner is a requirement for some wall coverings like grass cloth. Its main purpose it to absorb excess moisture from the finish wall covering and control the expansion and contraction process of the finish wallpaper during the drying process. Non-woven wall liner is designed to smooth rough surfaces for the ultimate application of wallpaper or paint. Surfaces it was designed to cover include brick, wood paneling, laminate, ceramic tile, cement block, stucco, textured, and damaged walls. Wall liners are frequently installed by cross lining them horizontally or what for years has been called railroading.” The appeal of cross lining is that you will never have a seam fall on top of another. Expect to pay $2.50 to $5.00 a sq. ft. for quality wall liner and another $2.50 to $5.50 for installation.

Paste Everything

Remember that yummy white Elmer’s school paste? You could not live without it and many of us even ate some. Well… you cannot live without wallpaper paste either. Do not under any circumstances rely solely on pre-pasted paper. If you are installing the paper over any texture at all, the pre-pasted areas will only stick to the tips of the peaks on the texture. Most likely the paper will peel off the wall or ceiling within a short period of time. Always use heavy duty high quality paste. Put it on thick enough to fill in the remaining gaps of the surface (if any). Working with heavily pasted papers can be difficult. It takes time, finesse and effort to get these on the surface correctly. If you are doing this DIY, make sure you allow for stretching and dry time in your project plan. Trying to overwork papers & pastes is a good way to mess up your project.

Yes, you can have wall coverings installed over textured walls and ceilings. The outcome is highly dependent on your objectives, the wall covering used, materials and the expectations for quality. And, of course, your cost is contingent on these as well.

Hiring a professional like ProTect Painters may be a better option than trying to DIY. Professional have the tools, know the requirements and have the experience to make the job come out right. Wall coverings provide a wide range of options for making your home or business look great. When installed correctly, there is nothing more appealing.

Wallpaper Sources Online


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