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Thread: Wallpaper HELP

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2007

    Default Wallpaper HELP

    I have an old house built in 1849. I am trying to redo 3 rooms and have run into some issues. First the paper in the Dining room came off great with a steamer. However i am left with gray sandy plaster walls. It looks like these old Yankees never put on a finish coat. Should I just wallpaper right onto the gritty plaster as they did before, or paint it with primer first

    Second issue is the living room. It is plaster and may places of repaired wall with drywall. I 1st coat of wallpaper came off fine, but now I am left with a painted surface with lots of glue. The paint is in good shape. If I am going to wallpaper do I have to take off the glue? Should I primer before I put up new wallpaper. So confused I don't know where to start.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2007

    Default Re: Wallpaper HELP

    First, you will have to seal and prime the loose grey sandy plaster before you paper it. Otherwise you will not have a good base to for the paste to adhere to. It would be like wallpapering a sandcastle.

    Second. Yes, I would remove the glue. At the very least sand it down to a smooth even surface. Even the heaviest wallpaper is not all-forgiving. Then prime it and you should be ****en.

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