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Wallpapering a table

Discussion in 'Decorating and Painting' started by siross85, 13 Jan 2021.

  1. siross85

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    Hi all,

    I've agreed to take on a project for a friend opening a cafe and I'm going to be putting some wallpaper on circular tables with some custom perspex on top.

    I'll be "sticking" 2 pieces of wallpaper on the table with a joint in the middle and then trimming carefully with a knife. However, the table isn't wooden on top, it has a shiny type of vinyl on there, I've had a go at getting under this with a scraper and a heat gun but it wasn't going anywhere but it did start to damage the black surround which I'd rather keep in tact.

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    As it's on a table it won't need as much grab as on a wall but would wallpaper adhesive even stick to this surface? I was wondering whether priming with something like Zinsser BIN (which I already have half a tub of.) Would make it easier. Or whether the surface needs keying and priming with something like PVA?
     
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    That looks like formica?
    Perspex may well scratch too easily to keep clean so I'd do a single test.
    What's the underside like?
    could you flip the table over?
     
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    Under side of table is bare wood that I've sanded back already. Could flip it over if they're happy with the red underneath or I could paint it black with plastic paint...

    I was worried about the scratch resistance of the perspex too but the cost of the non scratch stuff wad coming out at £140 per 600mm piece as opposed to ~£20 per 600mm piece. Is there any other scratch resistant material available that is fairly cost effective?
     
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    Sorry to be negative - but are you sure you don't want to recover in some vinyl or formica. Or even buy new.

    I ask because people / kids are messy (and vandals are worse) and hygiene laws are strict, and profit margins are low.
    Wallpaper will get wet when drinks are spilled (as water will flow around edge and creep between two surfaces, people will put food between glass and wallpaper and squash it, people will scratch worktop.
    And this will be expensive and time consuming to fix each time - or get you in trouble with hygiene.
    Might even be best to clean them up and use as is.

    Again, Sorry to be negative - and happy to be proved wrong - but watch your costs both in terms of money and time to clean up mess.

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    No need to apologise they're all valid points that I'd not thought about really. It's not my coffee shop but I can pass on the advice and see if they want to rethink the options. I suppose a bit of sanitary sealant around the edge of the perspex could help with the hygiene aspect but not the vandalism and scratches.
     
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