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  • Refurbish/Develop

    Plastering over wallpaper...?

    Hi. it depends on what type of wallpaper it is. In the past i have seen people plaster over wood chip paper. The best way to do it is to seal the paper with SBR sealer and leave to set for 24hrs, then skim over the walls with multi-finish. You have to make sure the SBR has set before attempting to skim over the walls/ceiling. Also any paper that is loose must be removed. Pat
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    I cant believe some people are mentioning getting rid off the original features! why?!! there amazing and much better for the value off your properties than the new boring stuff! If your going to plasterboard and dont want to batten out your walls use a hammer fixing which is basically a screw and plug also use a washer to stop the screw pulling right the way through your board it will give you a much more secure fixing. The scoring the paper and steaming technigue is definatly the best one with extra elbow greese! then all you need to do is feel and skim over the top making no adjustments to all the finishings.
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    Hi Martin,

     

    In the case of removing that tricky final layer, have you tried scoring it heavily with a trimming knife before using a steamer? It sometimes helps, sometimes doesn't, but worth a try.

     

    I would never skim over wallpaper, as some of the water from the plaster soaks into the wallpaper, loosening it from the wall (maybe there's your answer!)

     

    Your other choices are:

    Chop the plaster off the offending walls and either replaster or dot & dab the walls, or batten out and plasterboard.

    If you dot & dab and there is any damp present, you can first apply a layer of sand & cement (this doesn't need to be perfectly smooth like a proper render coat) with an appropriate waterproofer/salt retardant added , then once dry, dot & dab on top of that.

     

    It's definitely a tricky area, and one where there is often no easy solution.

     

    Good luck!

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