DIY Wallpapering

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Posted by: from San Francisco
4/16/2008 at 7:41:04 AM

I wallpapered a kitchen 3 weeks ago, I sized the wall underneath,(which is a vinyl wallpaper), the paper is a prepasted and seemed to stick and stay when I was hanging it. The drier it gets the more it is loosening up. I went back and put some wallpaper paste under a couple of places and it stuck for a week, now it seems to be loosening up in many areas... Not sure what to do or if there is something I can do? I am sure we should have removed the wallpaper underneath first. my Mother said she did it before and it stuck fine, now we seem to be getting bigger bubbles and more loose edges. Any advice would be really appreciated.

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Denise in Cape May Point
Date/Time4/16/2008 at 5:14:57 PM

Wallpapering isn't the easiest thing in the world. I've heard of a tip for bigger bubbles which includes injecting some paste into the bubble, flattening it down, and then wiping off the excess. But it seems as though you've already tried putting paste underneath the bubbles so this may not work as well.

If you're having a lot of trouble, I would just recommend taking it down, cleaning the surface, and using new paper that perhaps isn't prepasted. I've never had luck with those.

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Lydia in Denver
Date/Time4/17/2008 at 12:02:30 PM

If you take the wallpaper down and start over, you might try priming the wall before the next application of wall paper. It sounds like the surface didn't have enough "grab".

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Denise in Cape May Point
Date/Time4/18/2008 at 9:46:50 PM

I also read somewhere to not start wallpapering on a cooler day. I think if you do so, when it becomes humid, the wallpaper will tend to bubble and eve peel off. I've also heard not to wallpaper when it's too humid or the edges may curl. And make sure to prime your wall with sealer if you didn't the first time. That may make it stick more evenly.

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Pavol in Middlebury
Date/Time4/25/2008 at 1:29:34 PM

probably thats the reason why most people prefer paint over wallpaper huh? well come to think of it, its better to wipe those walls and clean it (if needed) up before you stick those wallpapers.

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