When replacing wallpaper what is the proper procedure, and what equipment is required?
Good Morning Jack:
If there is only one application of wallpaper on the wall, there are instances of another paper being able to be directly applied. However if you want to remove the paper, there is a tool called the "Paper Tiger" which puts pinholes in the existing paper which allows the wallpaper remover to be applied.
Most papers over the last 15 to 20 years have had a vinyl coating applied and that is the membrane that must be pierced. Once the paper is soaked, take a scraper and remove the paper. Be carefull not to damage the wall, or you will be doing repairs. Make sure that all of the former wallpaper glue residue is removed, and by doing so, your wall is prepped. With some newer homes, the walls had not been painted prior to painting, and this causes some grief. If this has not been done, I would suggest that you paint the wall with a latex base product (after all the glue residue has been removed)and that will make it far easier to remove the paper the next time that you want to refresh the room. The removal products are available at any paint and decorating store, and also at Home Depot or a similar store.
Make sure that when you are purchasing your next paper that you purchase the paper that has the same lot number. Paper is run in different batches, and the colours can be different from batch to batch. I know this because I was involved with a paint and wallpaper decorating store for a number of years.
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