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Ceiling paper peeling... Fix?

Discussion in 'Decorating and Painting' started by xeres, 2 Oct 2018.

  1. Hi all

    Back once again!

    The property is an 1860's terrace with lovely high ceilings, cornicing and ceiling centres. As you can see in the pictures the wallpaper on the ceiling has lifted at the seams. It is nonetheless lovely paper and I am wondering if there is an effective fix for this (Please note that it has been painted over). It doesn't look like blown vinyl, but is textured with repeated patterns across it.

    Whilst I am happy to steam it off and reskim (no doubt with some lathe and plaster coming away also), I am wanting to ensure that I haven't considered a clever alternative.

    Be advised - I am not looking for a quick or temporary fix here. The whole room is being redecorated/replastered etc so now is the time to take it off if thats the only option. It's just quite nice and if I can save it, I'd like to.

    I know that Zinsser have a product called peel stop - any members experience in using it for similar work?

    Appreciate members help and time.
     

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    Would border adhesive do it?
    I had some success by loading a syringe with wallpaper paste and allowing time for the paper to soak it in, then using a seam roller to encourage it to stick. I also used a bit of 2x1 with a short plank on top wrapped in polythene so I could apply pressure over time .
     
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    1860's... Have any of your neighbours mentioned ceilings falling down of their own accord?

    Sorry, not trying to scare monger but I have had clients who live in similarly aged properties who got so fed up with ceilings just falling down (fortunately when the rooms were not occupied) that they ended up overboarding the rest of the ceilings.
     
  5. Really good idea - will try that.
     
  6. Err... that’s scary! You’d have thought there’d be clear signs of a ceiling is due for imminent collapse!
     
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    By all accounts, there is no (obvious) warning.
     
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    Needs to be wet to lift and add adhesive, don't try and glue dry.
     
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  10. Sorry not sure I understand your post - are you saying it would only peel/curl if it was wet at some point?
     
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    No

    I think he means that the paper will have dried curly.
    Allow time for the paste to soak in ( a small spray bottle with warm water also helps) so that the paper is flexible before trying to bend it back to the ceiling.
    Then hold it in place either with masking tape or a T shaped stick till dry
     
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    You won't get paper to glue back with just adhesive, the loose area needs to be wet before gluing to prevent it curling again.
     
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  13. Oh I see - thanks both.
     
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