"How To Hang Wallpaper Easy"
Starts With A Good Foundation!
"WALLPAPER HAS HAD A BAD WRAP IN THE PAST... WHY? THE SIMPLE TRUTH, ONE DID NOT USE A GOOD OIL-BASE PRIMER BEFORE INSTALLING WALLPAPER.".....
Would you know which "wall-prep" to use when hanging wallpaper? With so many different products on the market today for wall preparation, such as acrylic, oil-based, water-based, stain blocker, primer sealer, and many others, it can become quite confusing. So lets ask the professionals.
The most important step to installing all types of wallpaper successfully is to prep your walls. Proper preparation will ensure successful results for all your wallpaper projects. Therefore, do you size or prime, that's the question.
You have borders, embossed, fabric backed, flock, foils, grass-cloth, moire, mylar, nonwovens, photo murals, silks, string, textured, vinyls, the list goes on. With the different wall
textures and the many different types of wallpapers, you no longer size your walls.
Sizing is a thing of the past
The older homes had plaster walls, a diluted wallpaper adhesive was used to size the walls. The wallpaper to be installed was a paper, which had no vinyl coatings. New wallpaper was installed on top of the old wallpaper. Before you knew it, there were several layers of wallpaper. Each layer would just fuse together, removal was nearly impossible.
Today professionals oil-base prime their walls
Today most of your home interior walls are drywall.
The drywall is painted with a thin coat of builders paint and a top coat of latex paint. Many professional wallpaper installers, as well as the do-it-yourselfers, have made the mistake of just sizing the walls. Only to have many problems with their wallpaper. Today manufacturers will always tell you to prime your walls with a good quality oil-base primer before installing wallpaper. It is of highest importance to read and follow all their instructions. Don't take shortcuts, you will be unhappy with your results. Not only will you have problems with your seams coming apart, most likely wall damage will occur when removing your wallpaper many years down the road.
Oil-Base primer is an excellent insurance
Using a good quality oil-base primer is the best insurance for you to enjoy the longevity of your wallpaper. The primer works by not allowing the wallpaper paste to penetrate and absorb into the walls surface. Therefore, this will ensure your seams stay tight for the duration of the job. Primer also provides a solid surface for the wallpaper adhesive, and will improve the adhesion of the wallpaper. When hanging the wallpaper, the primer gives you a longer wet time allowing you to slide the wallpaper easily, adjust the pattern, or straighten the seams which may be necessary during the installation process.
Why should you prime your walls before hanging wallpaper
Primer will make the difference between an excellent installation and no seams-popping or coming apart. To ensure that your wallpaper will adhere to your walls correctly you must always apply oil-base primer on the walls first. It is crucial to let the primer dry overnight to work properly. Many professionals as well as the do-it-yourselfer cut corners and don't prime the walls. This is a very big mistake.
There are many reasons why you should use an oil-base primer on your walls before installing wallpaper. Preparing your walls correctly is the most important step for a successful installation job. Never cut corners on this step, prime, prime, prime. A good quality oil-base primer is designed to penetrate the existing wall surface and will also seal up any problem areas due to wall damage. Primer will also block out and seal out anything that may come through the existing paint to damage your new wallpaper. Primer protects the underlying wall surface during wallpaper installation and wallpaper removal.
Primer allows a technique professional use to double-cut wallpaper. This is when you overlap the wallpaper at the seams' edge and hand cut the seams going
through both layers of wallpaper at one time. Without the primer the drywall would split. This technique cannot be done without an oil-base primer.
So you ask, what will happen if I don't prime?