What type of adhesive?

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putting up a backsplash (14 inches high) using embossed paintable wallpaper that is unpasted. Should I apply the wallpaper paste to the wall and then position the paper? Is there an alternative to wallpaper paste (which can be wet and drippy) that will allow me to remove the paper when I want to?

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  • Gk Gk on Oct 17, 2018

    If your walls are painted with a satin or eggshell finish paint, then size your walls first. If you have flat paint PLEASE paint over it with a satin or eggshell finish for easier wallpaper removal later. The sizing will help the wallpaper adhere better and make it easier to remove later. Once the sizing is dry put your wallpaper glue on the wallpaper--not the wall. Use a sponge or a small paint roller to apply it to the back of your wallpaper. That does help some with the drips.

    • NJ MILER NJ MILER on Oct 17, 2018

      New construction - Kilz over sheetrock. Can I just use sizing in lieu of paint? Or is painting with eggshell better for removal later?

  • William William on Oct 17, 2018

    The wallpaper paste goes on the back of the wallpaper not on the wall. Most manufacturers have recommendations.

  • Rose Middleton Rose Middleton on Oct 17, 2018

    Size the wall first. That will allow you to remove the paper later. You can get wall paper paste that is not a liquid , but more like a gel. Paste both wall and the back of the paper so you can position easily. It may be harder to squeegee the paper because it is embossed, so don,t use too much paste. You can use a wall paper brush to smooth the paper.

    • NJ MILER NJ MILER on Oct 17, 2018

      Thanks! It's new construction and has KILZ over the sheetrock. Do still use sizing?

  • Gk Gk on Oct 17, 2018

    NJ...in response to your second question. Please paint your wall first with a satin or eggshell paint before you put up any wallpaper. If you do not do this you will have a very very difficult time ever removing the wallpaper from a sheet rock wall that only has primer on it and more than likely you would end up damaging your sheet rock. If you ever want wallpaper to come off easily always make sure you have painted with a satin,eggshell, or semi gloss paint first---then using wall size before you install any kind of wallpaper. This will ensure a much easier wallpaper removal. Trust me! I have learned from previous experiences! Prep your walls the right way before wallpapering and removing wallpaper later should not be that much of an issue!!

  • Rose Middleton Rose Middleton on Oct 17, 2018

    Yes, I would size the wall, rather than paint.

  • NJ MILER NJ MILER on Oct 17, 2018

    Thank you Rose

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