Plastering Question

I have a loft bedroom covered in wood-chip wallpaper which is in turn stuck to the paper side of plasterboard. very difficult to remove with steam stripper. can a plasterer skim over it?

what i mean is the wallpaper is stuck to the side of the plasterboard that says 'plaster other side' :)

thanks for answering my question....i guess there's no easy way out....i'm going to have to bite the bullet and persevere....or sell my body....and then get someone in....(if that isn't a tautology) ;)

4 Answers

Best Answer

The only proper way is to strip the wall paper before plastering.
If its that difficult overboard the existing, then skim.

Answered 8th Dec 2011


Member since 29 Oct 2008

Just get a stripper in, whoops wrong forum!

Persevere with the stripping, but forget the steamer, thats more likely to crack the plaster if you are not careful.
Try this combination method:
1. Get a Paper Tiger wheel (14.99 on ebay) its little teeth break through the paint / woodchip without damaging the plaster, so can soak up water.
2. Buy a long handled scraper to scrape off the woodchips heads.
3. Use a large garden sprayer and just keep on soaking the paper, a dozen times, then you will find the paper comes off almost effortlessly.
Best o luck

Answered 8th Dec 2011


Member since 6 Oct 2010


I would still remove as much as possible because the wall paper has a tendancy to bubble if you try and plaster over it, another thought would be to remove as much as possible and then cross line with a 1300 gauge lineing paper and then after 3 days line with 1300 gauge, leave for a further 3 days and then paint.

Answered 8th Dec 2011

Spectrum uk

Member since 13 Nov 2010

Chip paper on plasterboard is a nightmare.If poss overboard then re-skim

Answered 9th Dec 2011

m w building construction and property maintenance

Member since 28 Sep 2008

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