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12-21-17, 01:10 PM   #1 (permalink)  
Wallpapering Over Hardboard

2 Questions about wallpapering.
1)I will be using heavy duty,beadboard look wallpaper over hardboard. I haven't put the wallpaper up yet. Is it better to wallpaper over smooth or rough surface of wallpaper ?
2)This wallpaper and board will be going on the ceiling. Since the long length of the room is the way the paper must run, in order to minimize wastage , can beadboard style wallpaper be butted up end to end to complete length or will the join be obvious (with 2 factory ends butted) ?
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12-21-17, 01:29 PM   #2 (permalink)  
1. What are you calling "hardboard"? You said you are putting your new paper up over hardboard then you ask if it's OK to put over rough surface wallpaper? Which is it? Usually you put wallpaper over a smooth surface. The surface should be painted or at least primed if you want a better chance in the future of removing the wallpaper.

2. Yes you can butt the end of one roll to the end of another. There will be a line but if done right it can be minimal and can almost completely disappear if you paint the ceiling after applying the wallpaper. The ends of your rolls may or may not be cut exactly square. I lay the two pieces out with them overlapping. Then with a straight edge and fresh, sharp knife cut through both layers so the end of one sheet will mate perfectly with the beginning of the next.

 
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12-21-17, 04:00 PM   #3 (permalink)  
Hardboard is cement board, I can not imagine how or why you would have a situation where wallpaper would be installed over this material.

If if was I dont think you would have very good luck as the wall paper would have minimal surface area to adhere too.

 
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12-21-17, 05:12 PM   #4 (permalink)  
Marq1.... He said hardboard...not Hardiboard or Hardibacker.

Hardboard is the term for the same material as pegboard w/o the holes. Normally very smooth on one side and slightly rough on the other, but can be smooth on both sides. High density fiberboard is another name.

I'd be very surprised if wallpaper would hang well, unless it's the peel and stick adhesive type?


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12-22-17, 03:21 AM   #5 (permalink)  
I would think wallpaper would adhere ok although it might take a special paste. Probably be a good idea to prime the hardboard first.


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12-22-17, 03:23 AM   #6 (permalink)  
My bad, never heard that term before!!!!

 
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12-22-17, 03:30 AM   #7 (permalink)  
Hardboard is another term for the slick finish masonite sheets you sometimes see used on the interior.


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12-22-17, 08:12 AM   #8 (permalink)  
I should have used the term masonite (sorry a Canadian from Scotland,I'm still using the terminology I used in these countries). I know I have seen wallpaper on masonite I'm just not sure if it was applied to the smooth side or the slightly rough side. Thanks for the replies

 
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12-22-17, 08:23 AM   #9 (permalink)  
I would do a test with a small piece of wallpaper before doing the whole ceiling. If there is a adhesion problem you could try painting the the hardboard before applying the wallpaper. Just make sure to allow at least several days for the paint to fully harden.

 
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12-22-17, 09:53 AM   #10 (permalink)  
The few times I've seen wallpaper hung on masonite it was on the slick [front] side.


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12-22-17, 10:27 AM   #11 (permalink)  
To get real technical, Masonite is a BRAND name for a particular manufacturer's tempered hardboard. Just like Aspirin is a BRAND name for acetylsalicylic acid. I used that example because BOTH product names have become ensconced in the language as generic names for what was once the product of a particular manufacturer.

Lesson over, I now return you to the subject of this thread. (We need a smilie of someone sticking their tongue out and also a teacher with a ruler swatting her hand.)

 
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12-22-17, 01:10 PM   #12 (permalink)  
Painting hardboard can be problematic as well. I've seen it just come off in long sheets. May as well have painted a piece of metal...that was latex paint of course. We wound up gluing a sort of burlap wall covering to it.


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12-22-17, 02:48 PM   #13 (permalink)  
Ya, you really need to use an oil base primer over hardboard.


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12-23-17, 06:30 AM   #14 (permalink)  
Aspirin is a BRAND name for acetylsalicylic acid.

By 1899, Bayer had dubbed this drug Aspirin and was selling it around the world. The word Aspirin was Bayer's brand name, rather than the generic name of the drug; however, Bayer's rights to the trademark were lost or sold in many countries.


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