There are two important reasons to learn proper wallpaper preparation tips for wallpaper or wallcoverings:
Using a solid pigmented primer is helpful in several ways:
Wallpaper Preparation tips from the NGPP:
Experienced wallpaper installers have used different products with outstanding results other than those listed. These guidelines were developed as a starting point for the do it yourself homeowner and are considered the best guess as to what type of product will suit your needs. This information is based on subjective, collective information from several wallcovering professionals and may not suit your particular application. It is imperative that you fully understand all safety precautions when dealing with these products, and always follow the manufacturer's instructions completely. You must also follow any instructions from the wallpaper and adhesive manufacturer as to what type of surface preparations are needed for effective bonding.
On drywall (painted with latex or oil) use an acrylic primer or prep coat.
On drywall (painted with builder's flat) use a primer/sealer.
On new plaster (after the proper curing time) use size mixed with the adhesive you plan to install the final wallcovering with to prepare the surface.
On older plaster (painted with latex or oil) use an acrylic primer or primer/sealer.
On any wall with suspected defects or damage use a primer/sealer.
On any wall with stains or mold issues use a stain killer primer. (mold must be treated with a bleach solution first)
On new or repaired drywall use a primer/sealer.
On a wall surface with residual wallpaper paste use a primer/sealer.
On decorative borders applied to a painted surface refer to wall type mentioned above.
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