Wallpaper stripped - what to do about the resultant mess!

18 Jan 2007
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When I stripped the wallpaper -using a steamer - off plasterboard walls, I accidentally pulled off bits of the plasterboard paper leaving brown bits showing, and the tape that was on the seams (this looks just like masking tape). The whole place looks a mess and I wondered if I could just cover it with a heavy embossed paper which I would then paint.

If I do use embossed paper, will the brown bits eventually show through?

If using embossed paper which is to be painted, I read on this forum that it should be hung horizontally. From that would I be right in assuming that should I also need lining paper, this should be hung vertically?
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Quite a common problem - done it myself a few times!

You really want to get the wall a smooth as possible, even with a heavily embossed paper you can still see big irregularities. Certainly re-tape the joints and run a skim of easifil over them. I would also fill and sand any gouges and sand off any tags of paper. I would give the wall a coat of 1 part PVA to 4 parts water and allow to dry, this will stiffen up the loose paper and you should then be able to sand. Note - never ever use PVA if you are planning on painting straight over - OK for paper though.

Brown bits of plasterboard won't show through.

You don't need to hang embossed paper horizontally - that is for lining paper.

Hope this helps, get back if you have any probs
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