Lynn
Lynn
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Asked on Mar 26, 2018

Vinyl wallpaper questions

Carol ThomasLinda SikutJcraw

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I've noticed what appears to be realistic wood panel vinyl wallpaper online and wondering if anyone has had any hands on experience with this type product. We've spent countless hours over the years removing wall paper and I swore I'd never use wallpaper again! But I'm wondering if this is different (as far as difficulty removing and applying, etc). Have you found some that looks realistic, whether it be on a roll or a mural? Would it do well in high humidity areas, such as a bathroom? Any help is appreciated, thanks!

3 answers
  • Jcraw
    on Mar 26, 2018

    no, but I’ve seen them use it on tv
  • Linda Sikut
    on Mar 26, 2018

    Hi Lynn,
    I think you need to ask the manufacturer all of these questions. We put in wallpaper in the 70's-80's that was called strippable and when we wanted to change it, it came right off. It definitely was heavier than regular wallpaper but it was advertised as strippable and the directions to do it were on the label. If you saw it online, see if there is a picture of the label or description of the exactly how it works? Read every detail in the description and google it to see if you can find it on another website. That might have even more information to answer your questions.
    • Linda Sikut
      on Mar 26, 2018

      That is so true, Lynn. Make sure you look at wallpaper from independent sites, not the manufacturer's. On Amazon, through out the 5 stars & 2 and below stars and read the ones in the middle. There are other stores that sell it so search online to see what else you can find. Decide what you want from a wallpaper. If you want it to be easy to remove, you have to look for that. If you want a wood look, why not try laminate paneling? Each type of material has it's own pros & cons. Look for the one that gives you the pros you want but not the cons. Good luck.
  • Carol Thomas
    on Mar 26, 2018

    The vinyl that makes this wallpaper such a breeze to clean, also makes it tough to remove. To loosen the paste, as you already know, you need to moisten the backing. With vinyl coated paper, you need to score the vinyl layer in order to let the water penetrate to the back. While I don't mind removing it, many people loose patience because it is a slower job.
    I've never had any come loose in the bathroom. Just follow the directions if you decide to use it. Many people don't let the paper "rest" after wetting it. Although it seems a waste of time, it really is necessary. If you stretch wet vinyl wallpaper when wet, when it drys it will shrink back to its original size and shape., leaving you with gaps.
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