03-19-2012 02:58 PM
I have purchased "The Wallpaper Company 56 sq.ft. Brown Leopard Print Wallpaper
Model # WC1283004". I have never hung wallpaper before. The instructions say for ease of removal to paint the walls with a wallpaper primer. Is this really necessary? The walls were painted with Behr and Valspar Satin. When it is time to remove the paper, I do not want the problems I have read on this site!
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03-19-2012 03:39 PM
The pre-papering wall prep products are like an insurance policy. They assure that the wall is sufficiently sealed, and that the wall has "tooth". The wall being well sealed will definitely affect how well that wallpaper will remove years down the road. The "tooth" affects how the paper lays down and how the seams stay together as the paste slowly dries. A too slick wall surface is a detriment to good wallpaper hanging, although it is a sign that the wall is sealed.
The cellulose paste pre-pasted papers are quite slippery and slimey. The "tooth" given by the wall-prep product will give you additional adhesion , as it controls the slide of the paper.
Years ago, wallpaper always came with the advice to paint the wall with a FLAT sheen oil paint. Today, there are many pre-papering wall prep products that are water based and can be papered over after only an hour or two.
Trust me, you will reap the advantage of the pre-prep as you hang the paper and as you take it down years from now!
03-21-2012 07:24 PM
I went to my local Home Depot. They did not know what I was talking about when I asked for the pre-papering wall prep products. I told the paint person about the 'tooth'. She suggested I buy Gripper brand of all-purpose stain killer. Is this what I use? If no, where do I buy the pre-papering wall prep products?
03-21-2012 11:41 PM
Unfortunately, with the lessening of wallcovering popularity in the last few years, such wallpapering prep products are not always found in HD stores. They can be found at : WWW.HomeDepot.Com under "primers" . The Zinsser Company makes" Shieldz Clear Wallcovering Primer/Sealer" and also "Shieldz White Based Wallcovering Primer". The clear version is easier to use because you don't have to be so concerned with getting white roller spatter around. Both give you that "tooth" of which I spoke, as well as assuring that the wall is well sealed.
Wallcovering sales have fallen in many parts of the country with the advent of textured walls in newer homes. Heavy textures don't lend themselves to wallpaper as the texture tends to show through the paper.
The rise in the popularity of faux and specialty finishes has also cut into wallcovering sales.
03-22-2012 10:38 PM
03-23-2012 12:58 AM
I am not familiar with Zinsser PrepZ. I don't even find it on their website. The ShieldZ products will give you adhesion to an already painted surface .The Clear version would be easier to apply. You do not need the pigmented version to blank out some wild colored background which might show through the paper. Although, the pigmented version will work too.