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What Will Wallpaper Stick To?

Just because “wall” is included in the name, doesn’t mean you only have to apply wallpaper to walls! Surprisingly, wallpaper and wall murals can successfully adhere to a variety of materials. So, even if you have a wall surface that isn’t plaster or drywall, chances are you can decorate with a wall mural. Here is a selection of various surfaces and whether or not wallpaper can stick to it.

Laminate

If you have a laminate or Formica backsplash in your kitchen, perhaps you want to update it with a stylish wallpaper pattern or design. Due to its smooth surface, SmartStick peel-and-stick removable wallpaper is the best choice.

Tiles

In general, wallpaper and wall murals cannot stick to tiles. Sometimes, SmartStick can successfully adhere to ceramic tiles. However, grout lines are likely to show through the peel-and-stick material.

Wood

One of the best ways to cover up outdated wood paneling is using wallpaper. Prep the wood paneled walls by thoroughly cleaning them and installing a liner paper. Once that’s completed, you can go on to install Eco Bella™, Vinyl – HD Texture, or Prepasted Wallpaper to wood.

Plywood & Hardboard

Raw plywood and hardboard are too porous of surfaces to stick wallpaper. But if you prime these two materials properly, any wallpaper material will stick to them. Just make sure to consult the material guidelines and check which paint or primer is needed for the wallpaper to stick.

Textured Walls

For lightly textured walls, like orange peel and knock-down, we recommend our Eco Bella or Vinyl HD - Texture materials. If you have a heavily textured wall, uneven walls, or any other rough surface, we recommend the installation of a 'liner paper', followed by 2 coats of flat latex paint prior to installing a wall mural. A liner paper is simply blank wallpaper which covers irregularities in the wall surface allowing the wall mural to adhere securely to the textured wall.

Plastic

Because of its smooth surface, plastic does not provide sufficient adhesion for wallpaper paste. If the plastic you wish to stick wallpaper to is rigid and flat, SmartStick peel-and-stick wallpaper is the best option.

Plaster

Wall murals and wallpaper can stick to plaster, but it is dependent on how textured it is. If it has a light texture, Eco Bella and Vinyl HD – Texture are both good options. If the plaster is heavily textured and uneven, wallpaper will not properly stick to the wall. If you’re set on placing wallpaper on a plaster surface, you can try to smooth and even the walls using an orbital sander. Once you’ve sanded the entire surface and cleaned it, install a liner paper as a precaution. You can then install a wall mural or wallpaper.

MDF

If you’d rather not go through the hassle wallpapering a whole wall or entire wall, MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) is a fantastic alternative. You can stick wallpaper to panels and hang them instead. Before installing a wall mural or wallpaper over MDF, you must prime it. This will allow the wallpaper to stick and prevent the MDF from absorbing the paste. After it has been primed, you can safely apply Eco Bella, Vinyl – HD Texture, or Prepasted Wallpaper to MDF.

Glass

If you want to add a design element to a window or glass surface, window film applications are a great choice. Besides versatile style, window films provide enhanced privacy, reduce glare, and help minimize energy bills. Three different films are available – clear, frosted, and opaque – giving you the option to customize the look to match your style needs.

Metal

VersaGrip and Matte White Window Film will stick to metal effectively. VersaGrip is an ultra-durable material with a strong adhesive that allows it to adhere to a variety of surfaces, including metal, asphalt, concrete, and brick. Matte White Window Film is suitable for applications on flat and simple curves surfaces, metal included. Both of these materials can be used indoors and outdoors, making them quite versatile.

Gloss Paint

If you have a wall surface painted with semi-gloss or glossy paint, SmartStick peel-and-stick wallpaper adheres the best. The best part about this material is that it’s completely removable and leaves no damage on your walls. So, when you’re ready to redecorate, taking down the wall mural can be done in a snap. Just make sure the paint is sound and secure on the surface before hanging it.

Polystyrene

Because its surface is quite porous and uneven, it is not recommended sticking wallpaper to polystyrene.

By picking the right wallcovering and properly prepping your surface, you can stick wallpaper to just about any material! As always, make sure to consult the wallcovering material guidelines and testing your chosen surface before installing a full wall mural or wallpaper.

Concrete

The best choice for concrete surfaces is VersaGrip, not only for its strong adhesive but also because it can withstand the elements. Besides concrete walls, it can be used for floor applications too. With its anti-slip surface and simple application, it’s a creative and effective way to utilize ground surface, such as concrete sidewalks.

Cinder Block

VersaGrip will successfully adhere to cinder block. Another material that will stick to this textured surface is 3M Graphic Film IJ8624. When heat and applied, the film conforms to textured surfaces, including concrete, brick,
and stucco.

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