Applying wallpaper for the first time


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Old 10-25-14, 12:59 PM
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Unhappy Applying wallpaper for the first time

The amateur who was supposed to do soundproofing applied exterior oil based white paint to one side of my room's wall. There are also several large bumps remaining even though he supposedly sanded them (with sandpaper) It's the worst thing I've seen.

Long story short, I just want to get rid of the hideous sight and basically cover it with a wallpaper all around. The glossy paint was done only on one side.

This is going to be my first time so I was wondering what kind of adhesive I am supposed to purchase. The wallpaper I will be using is a 'fashion strippable, fabric backed vinyl wallcovering'. In the directions it's says use a 'super prime' but doesn't say what kind (brand) so I would appreciate it if anyone can help me what I should actually buy.

And of course for the wallpaper to be effective, the glossy paint needs to be removed as well?
 
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Old 10-25-14, 01:09 PM
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Wallpaper is almost a thing of the past, but if you can find prepasted products it will work best. Of course you have to gain smooth walls and the gloss should be scuffed slightly with 220 grit sandpaper. If yours is cloth backed you may just need a good wallpaper paste. It is mostly just a flour product anyway, so check with your wallpaper supplier for the best products for their paper.
 
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Old 10-25-14, 01:17 PM
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You will prime the walls with a Universal Sizing. It comes in a gallon container similar to paint. It is a milky white color. While you apply it like paint with a roller, it does not cover like paint. You need to apply a nice coat on wall and let totally dry. Your paper would go directly on this coat. Test a small piece of paper to make sure it is pre-pasted, if not let us know and we can walk you through that as well.

Easiest route would be to use a universal primer and then paint over that with a flat paint.
 
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Old 10-25-14, 02:16 PM
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There shouldn't be an issue with hanging paper over oil base enamel. Just don't use the pre pasted paper [or add more paste if you do] Not sure there is a job I detest more than stripping wallpaper but if the walls have either an oil base primer or enamel under the wallpaper - the stripping job is a lot easier!
 
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Old 10-27-14, 07:04 AM
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Wallpaper really sucks, in my opinion. No way to talk you into doing a good paint job instead?
 
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Old 10-27-14, 09:32 AM
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The only good wallpaper job...is one left undone. Seriously, I understand it in a 100 y/o home...to fit the style or in formal rooms in modern homes...but I would seriously suggest if you really want it...hire a professional paperhanger.

I did it in my kitchen in VA cuz the ex- had to have it...ughhh. Neighbor had their formal dining room done and it was beautiful...for a price.
 
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Old 10-29-14, 02:23 PM
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Thank you for the information guys. The problem is that I cannot sand ANY amount of the glossy paint from the wall. I tried a lot but it just doesn't come off because it must be so thick? I was initially not looking for this wallpapering option but like I mentioned he left several pumps. The only way to fix it is to actually remove the extra wall piece but I cannot deal with anyone at this time.
 
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Old 10-29-14, 03:28 PM
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You can paint over gloss paint.

I'm not sure I'm seeing the problem yet.
 
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Old 10-30-14, 03:10 AM
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You shouldn't need to sand the gloss completely off, a scuff sanding is normally all that is needed. To switch from oil enamel to latex paint you need to coat the enamel with either an oil base primer or a pigmented shellac like Zinnser's BIN.
 
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Old 11-05-14, 11:56 PM
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A pre-pasted wallpaper or mural is much better. There are several companies that offer one. They also come in numbered panels so you just have to follow them.
 
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Old 11-06-14, 03:45 AM
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While I've only hung a little bit of wallpaper, I've worked with many professional paper hangers and everyone of them insisted on re pasting pre pasted paper if they had to use it. If the pros always re paste pre pasted - I think it's prudent for the rest of us to do so also!

btw - welcome to the forums Maria!
 
 

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