Painting & Decorating Question

Wallpapering over wall that has had bonding applied

I have had some new plastering work done in a big room of an old property. One of the walls was not very straight (as the building is very old) and the plasterer decided to level it using Thistle Bonding. I was told that I could put lining paper or wallpaper directly onto the wall without having to skim over the bonding first. Before doing this, I wanted to check what experienced and expert decorators think. Will this be ok? Can I paper directy onto the bonding (when dry) or do I need to sand/prepare the wall in some way first? I know that a newly skimmed wall needs a mist coat and/or sizing with wallpaper paste, but is it the same with wall prepared with bonding rather than multifinish plaster?

5 Answers

Best Answer

This one is new to me, in all my years I've never heard of that, I would always skim over bonding with multi finish. It would only take a couple extra hours to complete,

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Solid building services

Answered 25th Feb 2013

Solid building services

Member since 22 Jan 2013

Been a decorator for years working on listed properties that are falling to bits most of the time.
Without seeing it i would say it is possible to do , as long as you seal the wall with a pva paste before you line it . If the wall isnt sealed propely the paste on the lining paper will just suck in and the paper wont stick.
This is also providing he gets the bonding flat .
On the other hand you got to think you got to pay a decorator to line the room instead of getting the plasterer to do it properly with a skim on top.
Definately bettter with a skim on top.

Answered 26th Feb 2013

Country House Decorators

Member since 6 Dec 2011

hi your wall needs a scim of multi finish over the top of bonding sounds like bonding wasnt goining off and he wanted to go home kind regards paul

Answered 1st Mar 2013

Paul Rowland Plastering

Member since 5 Apr 2012

i agree with above answer 100percent,j.p decor glasgow.

Answered 4th Mar 2013

JP Burns Decorators

Member since 11 May 2012

Definatly skim with multi finish first,you'll get a better result,wonder why your plasterer didn't do it?

Answered 31st Mar 2015

D+M Property Services

Member since 7 Aug 2014

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