Five Wallpaper Myths
There are some questions and statements that I have run into repeatedly during the last couple of decades. So, I thought it was time to articulate some of these ‘myths’ into my blog.
WALLPAPER SHOULD COVER CRACKS AND HIDE IMPERFECTIONS.
There is small element of truth in this.There are certain makes of wallpaper such as Anaglypta and Lincrusta, that were manufactured to hide defects and remain durable. However, these products still need correct priming and preparation and it is the relief of the pattern that hides imperfections. ALL other wallpapers and wall coverings must have adequate preparation. This includes, ensuring all surfaces are smooth, primed correctly, straight/flat and dry. Installing over substandard conditions, will result in a substandard finish. If not straight away, in due course.
As my old Master used to say, “Your finish will only ever be as good as your prep”.
WALLPAPER SHOULD BE SEAMLESS
This is the biggest pile of what bulls do I have ever heard. As long as wallpaper and wall covering is sold in rolls, seams will always be visible. True, there are some products available which are made not to show seams, but wallpapers and especially fabrics will show visible joints. If seams are a problem for you, speak to a good installer or showroom to choose a product that will give you a smoother look.
ALL WALLPAPER IS THE SAME
This one usually pops up when we have to install more than one product on the same project and prices differ between materials. The array of wallpaper and wall coverings available in the world today is staggering. There are three main groups. Wallpaper, Wall coverings and Fabrics and the choices available in these three groups are huge. It is very common for 5 different wallpapers to have 5 different installation methods. Only skilled, experienced installers will be able to ascertain correct procedure, despite what manufacturers instructions say.
WALLPAPER IS HARD TO TAKE DOWN
An important reason for the use of a correct primer is to provide an even stable substrate for the wallpaper to bond to. This will also assist in stripping when the time comes to remove this wallpaper/wall covering. Adhesive technology has advanced exponentially and most modern adhesives are “strippable” after the curing period.
ANYONE CAN PUT UP WALLPAPER
If you have ever tried to put up wallpaper/wall covering yourself, you’ll know that it is not an easy task, save the tears and heartache, save your marriage and use a qualified installer.