WALLPAPER STRIPPING AND HANGING
Painters Inc. Ltd can supply wallpaper stripping and hanging services. We find there are numerous properties with old tired wallpaper that requires stripping to update the look. Some properties built during the 60s and 70s quite often were papered instead of plastering. This can mean that when the wallpaper is stripped a number of issues are revealed – the corners won’t be papertaped or plastered, the walls can be bowed, wallboard joins may not be plastered (although this is unusual).
It is quite a process making sure that walls are paint ready if you have stripped the wallpaper. It is also very important that the stripping is done well to make sure that only the wallpaper and its backing paper is removed and that the paper face of the wallboard isn’t damaged as this would require more extensive plaster repair. There are a number of options when dealing with old wallpaper:
- Strip the wallpaper, replaster and paint
- Strip the wallpaper, replaster and rehang wallpaper
- Strip the wallpaper, reline with lining paper, paint
- Paint over the wallpaper if it is in good sound condition – please note vinyl wallpaper needs to be sealed with a vinyl wallpaper sealer prior to overcoating with an acrylic paint.
If you have old wallpaper that is old fashioned or just old and are looking to update the look, contact us for a quote.
A Frequently Asked Question
Answer: This is an interesting question. The answer depends on the condition of the wall, and whether it has been plastered to a Level 4 or higher finish.
Throughout New Zealand, older houses are generally papered. This is because the joins in the wallboard or gib were plastered to a low level when the house was built.
Usually, if you have old wallpaper, the walls are not good enough to paint onto directly.
So, you must be extra careful when dealing with older homes. There is a high risk that the joins will crack with general house movement or earthquakes. Something we know all too well in Wellington!
When our team begins a job, we strip the wallpaper and reline the walls with a lining paper. Then paint the wall or, alternatively, hang new decorative wallpaper.
Bonus – If the paper is in good condition another option is to paint over the top of the existing paper.