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Papering Over Wood Paneling


What is the proper way to hang vinyl wallpaper over wood paneling? I had
contractors come and do it, but the paper keeps falling off.

— George, Hollywood, Pennsylvania


Tom says: Well, I don't generally think papering over wood paneling is
such a great idea, because, as you point out, the difficulty is creating
a good surface that the wall paper will want to adhere to. One way to do
it would be to first fill all the voids in the paneling using a joint
compound. Then you have to paint over the paneling, size the wall, and
paper it. What I'd actually recommend you do, though, is to cover the paneled wall with 1/4-inch or 3/8-inch wall board. Tape it, sand it, prime it, and then apply your wall paper. That seems like a lot more
trouble, but it's the proper way to do it if you really want to have a new wall that will hold the paper.


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