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Can i wallpaper on top of existing lining paper

Can i wallpaper on top of existing lining paper The plaster is quite old behind it all so I fear it will end up needing skimming if I try to remove the existing lining paper

Michael Tucker

Michael Tucker

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Hello Kevin, You can wall paper on existing lining paper-however the wall papering will only be as good the service youare working with. Regards Michael


Brian Joseph Lenehan

Brian Joseph Lenehan

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Hello... It is the lining paper that keeps slightly dodgy plaster together so its fine to paper over but just put a watered down coat of emulsion on the paper first this will show up any loose paper such bubbles or loose edges. Stick down the loose edges, cut out any bubbles and fill the holes. when the filler is dry sand it smooth, then you are ready to paper. A decorating job is only as good as the preparation you put in to it. Thank you B J Lenehan


David Skilling

David Skilling

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i never paper over existing paper. so i would highly recommend removing all walllpaper then cross lining. anyone who papers over existing paper is only taking a short cut. david



Vladimir Deleanu

Vladimir Deleanu

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Hi Kevin, You can paper on top of the existing lining as long as you ensure that the existing lining is sound and not loose. Cut away any loose and ''blown'' bits and fill as necesary. Also is a good ideea to apply a key of diluted PVA but allow this to dry first before lining the paper. I hope this helps, Good luck Vladimir


Anthony Edmunds / Kalveena Griffiths

Anthony Edmunds / Kalveena Griffiths

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Hiya Kevin I agree with all that has been said especially B.J.Leneham. However one thing to consider is that it does not apply to the backing on wallpapers such as vinyls where you can strip the top layer leaving what looks like a lining. This is not suitable. This definitely needed removing and the wall prepared and re lined. Lining paper correctly applied is the proper base for wall papers, in fact the more expensive wall papers require a lining and this is invariably a cross lining (horizontal) this gives a positive adhesion. In your case I assume that the lining paper has already been emulsioned. If this is the case it needs a coat of sealer. personally I use a paste like solvite with pva added. This will then seal the wall, and as others have said you can stick edges tackle bubbles etc. at this point. Good luck Tony


Tony Michael

Tony Michael

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hi kevin,yes it is ok to paper over lining paper.just be sure all joins are stuck properly and start your first drop away from join of lining paper.


Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith

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Hi Kevin, yes you can wallpaper on top of lining paper as long as the lining paper is ok, you can always test this by putting a coat of emulsion on it to see if any bubbles appear and remain or the joints start to lift. Putting pva on it does'nt achieve anything. A.L.SMITH DECORATING SERVICES, Est 1980


Martin Rossa

Martin Rossa

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Hi Kevin Yes you can paper on top of lining paper just make sure the lining paper is sound. Kind regards Martin


Mark Kluk

Mark Kluk

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Hi Kevin, You can put wallpaper on top of lining paper but first i recomment put PVA first to lining paper then you can do wallpaper is not best way but works always is better to skimming to got better quality job.

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