Liquid wallpapers have literally revolutionized the worldconstruction and won popularity among many. Those who have already encountered with them, will long enumerate their merits: both beautiful and eco-friendly, and caring for them is simple, and very practical. But often, if necessary, to change the situation, preference is given to old paper wallpaper, and only because few people know how to glue liquid wallpaper. However, do not be afraid, everything is much easier than it might seem at first glance.
Liquid wallpaper. What is it?
Before proceeding to the section where we will describe,how to properly glue liquid wallpaper, let's first find out what it is, what are the advantages and whether this type of building materials have disadvantages. Liquid wallpaper in its structure resembles more sawdust or flakes. They are not sold in rolls, as we used to, but in plastic bags weighing from 1 kg. The composition of such wallpapers include natural cotton or cellulose fibers, dyes, glue composition and acrylic components. There are a lot of additives, such as silver or gold threads, quartz chips or mica. After covering the walls with liquid wallpaper, the surface becomes pleasant to the touch and is a seamless coating with a thickness of up to 10 mm. When the wallpaper dries, they resemble a foam structure: the surface remains rough and soft. There are several types of liquid wallpaper, differing in texture after application: some smooth and thin, others more like a fabric with a noticeable relief.
Advantages of liquid wallpaper
- They have antistatic properties and do not attract dust to themselves. They help create a good microclimate in the room.
- They are universal. Can be used both for finishing the corridor and bathroom, and for the living room or children's room.
- You can apply for finishing the apartment in a new building. Are not afraid of shrinkage and do not deform during operation.
- Capable of hiding small wall defects. In addition, they have no seams and give any surface an ideally smooth look.
- The material allows you to breathe walls and at the same time perfectly absorbs sounds.
- Glue on any surface
- Quickly restored if necessary. A damaged area is not an occasion to start a new repair. It can be removed by simply soaking with a spatula. In place of the old piece is easily applied a new composition, and you again have the perfect repair.
Disadvantages of liquid wallpaper
Yes, there are shortcomings. But they are so insignificant that they can be considered insignificant, these are:
- High cost of material.
- Absence of moisture resistance. Liquid wallpaper is washed off with water, so you should be careful if you use them to finish the bathroom or decide to wipe them in order to keep clean with a damp cloth. You can, of course, cover them with a protective varnish on top, but then there will be no "breathing" walls.
How to glue liquid wallpaper?
To begin with, it is worth noting that a package weighing 1kg is enough for about 5 square meters. m. of the wall. The first stage practically does not differ from the procedure that we perform before pasting paper wallpaper. It's about preparing the walls. We remove from the surface of the wall all the remnants of the previous repair and metal objects, if any. If your wall has its own unique shade, it will have to be disposed of with the help of enamels, primers and other construction tricks. If the wall can not boast an ideal surface, it is best to soak it with FG solution or any other impregnation. If in your plans there are no yellow spots, invariable companions of old apartments, then it is better to pre-paint the walls with white water-emulsion paint. Wooden surfaces can absorb excess moisture, so before you apply wallpaper on them, make sure that they have sufficient thickness and they do not deform during the application of wallpaper. Preparing liquid wallpaper for application on walls Take a suitable container and pour warm water into it according to the instructions. Dry mixture add in small portions and mix thoroughly with a drill mixer. Finished wallpaper is similar in its consistency to thick sour cream. If there are any badly mingled parts, they should be removed immediately. After mixing, leave the wallpaper for 20 minutes, then mix them again. It is important: the prepared surface must be covered in one step, so prepare at once such quantity of a mixture that it is enough. Drawing liquid wallpaper on the walls You can find a lot of videos, where you will show how to glue liquid wallpaper, but we have prepared for you a small instruction, which is sure to be useful. What will be required:
- Large capacity for dilution of the mixture;
- Roller or spatula for leveling the wallpaper;
- Pulverizer (you can do without it);
- Roll-knurl for giving relief (if necessary);
- Finishing coating.
Take a little mixture and using a spatuladistribute it over the surface. Glue the wallpaper tightly, under them there should be no voids or bulges. After leveling the first portion on the wall, apply the second, just check that there are no noticeable boundaries between them - each serving should smoothly pass into the next one. If the result does not satisfy you and you have a bald spot or, conversely, a lump, try to fix the defect by slightly wetting the wallpaper, and then fill up the area again with the mixture and level it. Correction is not to get carried away, after the third soaking the wallpaper will become unusable. The speed of applying wallpaper to the wall increases significantly if you use a special gun - hopper. Another important point: the application of liquid wallpaper on the wall should be made at a temperature of not less than 10 degrees of heat. Thus we produce the whole mixture and, after the walls are completely processed, we let the wallpaper dry. Usually it takes from 12 to 72 hours, depending on the level of humidity, ambient temperature and grade of material.