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Anyone had this done instead of rewallpapering and is the result good!

sanguine19, Jan 17, 2013, 10:26 am

yes and yes. so glad we went with this choice. easy to change whenever we want also.

eburb, Jan 17, 2013, 10:32 am

It fractures easily though

thecritic, Jan 17, 2013, 10:40 am

dont let them skim over the old wallpaperstripthen tape old joins if not already tapedplaster and then skim coattwice at least .

joebar, Jan 17, 2013, 2:31 pm

Ok thanks. :)

sanguine19, Jan 17, 2013, 2:55 pm

Our repairs start next week (yay!) and there is talk of skim coating the walls OVER the wallpaper. To save having to remove the paper. We were told they paint some stuff on the wallpaper that makes the skim coat stick.

Is that not a good idea!

louise.w, Jan 17, 2013, 8:09 pm

lambrat, Jan 21, 2013, 12:37 am

A good link lambrat .pretty much sums up EQC policy for repair .under the DONT column

golfaholic2, Jan 21, 2013, 8:01 am

i reckon louise.w - and others with imminent repairs - should print out plenty and hang all over their house once its empty . and take lots of photos

lambrat, Jan 21, 2013, 8:09 am

Dont plaster over paper. Thats what EQC did to our place to save money and our wallpaper bubbled away from the wall and ended up looking like our house was lined in bubble wrap. Added an extra 4 weeks onto our already 7week long repair time for them to fix it.

andrea210, Jan 21, 2013, 3:53 pm

Agree - neighbours had this done about 12 months. Its cracked so badly it looks worse now than before they repaired it.

shannie1998, Jan 21, 2013, 4:53 pm

Been painting and plastering 20 years and i would NEVER reccomend doing it if you want a quality job done.

jezabeel, Jan 21, 2013, 4:57 pm

its the cheap fixthey are being paid to stripthe paperso have them do it

joebar, Jan 21, 2013, 6:55 pm

interesting to read this.we have lathe n plaster walls and eqc and said to remove paper, rake out and stop, replace paper and paint.the same with the walls that are gib.we've opted out and the contractor thinks we should just plaster over the cracks, then paint.he's someone i trust, but after reading this i'm not sure this is a good idea!he reckons it would be quicker, less mess and have a better finish.!

arcticrose, Jan 28, 2013, 11:48 am

lath plastermust have a layer of lining paper or wall paperbefore it can be paintedanother option is a wide mesh being applieda product namedfibrafuse.if you just fix the cracksand have no lining over the lathe plasterit will crack some stage

joebar, Jan 28, 2013, 11:54 am

Do these people not know anything! Skim coating lath and plaster and then painting is like having concrete with no reinforcing, or a plaster cast on your arm with no bandage in it. The wall has to be papered otherwise after a time you may (will) get thousands of tiny cracks appearing. You won't be able to pull out a drawing pin without a piece of plaster coming out which will turn into a hole the size of a dinner plate.
They have had little or no experience in older properties.

bookman2, Jan 28, 2013, 11:56 am

i think the contracter meant leaving the paper on and just plastering overtop of the existing paper.there was also talk of skim coatinghmmmmm

arcticrose, Jan 28, 2013, 4:20 pm

The wallpaper is only held on by whatever paste is holding the bottom layer. Putting on a layer of plaster and paint is just more weight for it to hold. Plus the fact that while it is wet and then drying it alters the surface tension on the paste and paper, putting inexorable pressure on it like a starfish opening a clam.
Don't settle for half a job. You'll regret it in a year or two when they will have long disappeared.

bookman2, Jan 28, 2013, 7:45 pm

You pigment seal over the wallpaper or lining paper with an oil based sealer before skimming the walls. Excellent finish especially over older historical lath & plaster with humps and bumps in the walls.

corkranb, Jan 28, 2013, 8:24 pm

There is often a lot of damage done to the walls when stripping the paper off, if the paper is loose take it off, if not skim over the top. It has been done for years with excellent results. Must be pig sealed tho

rapids17, Jan 28, 2013, 9:12 pm

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