10:01AM | 11/01/04
Member Since: 10/31/04
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Our house was built in the early 20s and has wallpaper on every wall in the house. We have taken a bunch down, and we think it was all the original paper to the home. The paper has come off very easily and it looks like rough horsehair plaster walls that never got a skim coat. We want to put up new wallpaper in some areas. It does not look like they primed the walls when the original paper was put up, and I am afraid to prime the walls as they are because of the possibility of causing the plaster to crumble from the dampness of the paint. Can the priming step be skipped, or should I not worry about the primer ruining the walls? Is there another solution to making sure that the new wallpaper sticks ok?

Any help out there would be most appreciated!



02:45PM | 11/03/04
Member Since: 07/28/02
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I would prime the walls with a latex wall sizing such as Zinsser Shieldz. I doubt the sizing will harm the plaster and if it does it would better to find out then rather than after you hang the wallpaper.


09:55PM | 11/03/04
Member Since: 07/01/03
549 lifetime posts
I agree with 5slb6 that Shieldz would be a good primer / sizing. In your case since integrity of the plaster is in question you should consider Zinsser Guardz first

Same basic idea, but it is designed to penetrate and bind the wall surface together. The sizing is still important, but if you need to reinforce the wall surface, use the penetrating sealer.


11:35PM | 04/17/16
Member Since: 04/17/16
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1. Will spraying the wallpaper in order to remove it cause problems to the integrity of the plaster? From what I can see, the wallpaper shows no problems - the walls aren't cracked, bowing or disintegrating. It's a 1926 arts and crafts bungalow.
2. If I apply a second layer of wallpaper over the existing wallpaper, will that added weight stress the plaster and cause problems like cracking, etc?
3. Would putting up a wood half wall of paneling (period of course) cause stress to the plaster walls? Is it okay to nail the wood to the walls or does the wood need to be glued on?
I want to avoid exposure to plaster dust and wonder if just by wallpapering over the existing wallpaper that would be a good way to seal up any areas of the walls that may be leaking fine particles of dust.

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