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Yes, but get a friend.

Posted by Jennifer in KC on February 12th, 2003 08:07 AM
In reply to plaster ceilings by frc on February 11th, 2003 06:30 PM [Go to top of thread]

Putting any type of paper on the ceiling is a two-person job. I have found it's easiest to:

1. Set up some sort of raised planking from one side of the room to the other so that you can walk continuously while attaching the very long strip of paper to the ceiling. Getting up and down from a ladder is difficult because the paper currently attached to the ceiling has a tendence to fall while you are getting into a new position.

2. Have a partner available to hold the accordion folded mass of paper yet to be hung on the ceiling. That way you are not trying to smooth the paper on the ceiling (matching seams) while at the same time hold the remaining bulk of wet paper.

3. I have had great success with the vinyl embossed papers on ceilings (the fairly inexpensive paper that has a raised pattern -- NOT Anaglypta paper, which is a whole other thing). Once dry, you can then paint this paper using a standard latex paint and it looks great... kind of like old-fashioned tin or plaster ceilings. You can find these papers everywhere, including Home Depot, Lowes, Wallpapers-to-Go, and they are usually an in-stock item rather than special order.

4. Even if the paper is prepasted, you may have more luck (better holding power) by applying a vinyl paste to the back (when it's dry). Vinyl paste will better adhere the weight of the paper to the ceiling. Get a BIG BUCKET of the stuff and a wallpaper paste brush (large brush with handle like a regular paint brush). Be generous when applying, and make sure you fill all the areas of the paper. Unpasted areas will "bubble" later.

5. Buy LOTS of razor blades. Use a fresh one frequently.

6. Treat yourself to a massage! This is a lot of overhead work and your shoulders will feel it when you're done. Good luck!

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