Modern technologies for finishing walls allow the use of a variety of decorative materials. An alternative to the classic type of wallpaper has become a wide range of coatings, which are called liquid wallpaper. Liquid wallpaper, application technology which is discussed in this article, have a large color gamut and a variety of textures. It allows to realize, any, the most courageous design decisions.
In addition to its flawless appearance, the rationality of using liquid wallpaper is associated with a high degree of durability. They are practically not subject to mechanical damage, flooding and other accidental negative influences. Their surface lends itself well to washing and cleaning. With them, you can even remove the wall paintings of little naughty girls. This allows you to save a fairly long period of pristine beauty of repair. In most cases, they can serve for more than 10 years.
The advantage of this type of wallpaper is noticeable even at the initial stages of repair work. Their use allows to hide cracks, irregularities and other defects of walls advantageously. This allows you to save a significant amount and time to perform puttying work. The technology of applying liquid wallpaper is not demanding to possessing special skills and knowledge, which is not the case with painstaking pasting with classic wallpaper.
With the appearance of various defects, with the application of liquid wallpaper, or damage during operation, the damaged place is easily brought into its proper form. To do this, moisten this area well by carefully removing the layer fragment. Then he is soaked and returns to the original place. After complete drying, there will be no trace of the restoration work. The transformed wall will look great again.
Various patterns of flood wallpapers.
The quality of the applied coating depends on well-performed work on the preparation of the wall surface. This work consists in removing the remnants of the previous finishing coating: old wallpaper, a layer of whitewash, etc. The result should be a homogeneous dry concrete surface.
All metal elements found on the wall must be removed. If it is impossible to achieve such an effect and either the laboriousness of the process, it is possible to paint such places with oil paint. The ingress of moisture on them will contribute to the development of a corrosive process, the manifestation of which will be reflected in the form of rust stains on new wallpaper.
For a good result of applying liquid wallpaper, it is necessary to prime the wall with acrylic primer or paint it with water-based paint. It must be remembered that the surface of the wall must be whitish, it is necessary in order to get exactly that shade of wallpaper that was intended.
Primer of the walls with acrylic primer, using a roller.
As a rule, liquid wallpaper is packaged in bags and visually resembles sawdust. Their composition already contains all the necessary components to create a high-quality decorative coating. For their preparation, it is necessary to dilute their dry composition with warm water (up to 40 0 C) until a homogeneous mixture, medium density (sour cream) is obtained. Standardly 1 packet of dry wallpaper mix requires 6 liters of water. It is necessary to carry out their mixing manually, because the use of various mixers will lead to crumbling of the elements and changing the intended structure of the wallpaper.
The obtained solution must be drawn for at least 12 hours before application. Before direct distribution over the surface of the wall, it must be thoroughly mixed again.
The process of applying liquid wallpaper is done with a spatula. The applied layer elements are evenly distributed over the surface area with a special roller or grater. Some types of liquid wallpaper may be applied with a Hoopera pistol.
The surface should be coated against a corner or some edge of the wall. Regardless of the thickness of the applied layer, the decorative characteristics of the wallpaper remain unchanged. For the optimal amount of consumable material and the drying period, the recommended thickness of the finishing layer is no more than 2 mm. However, it should remain unchanged throughout the area of the walls of the room.
An important point when applying liquid wallpaper is to regulate the force of pressure on the spatula or grater. Its excessive pressing to the wall will entail the pressing of elements and the distortion of the textured layer. And his lack of pressure will cause uneven distribution of the thick layer.
When working with a spatula or float, it is necessary to perform only reciprocating movements, not circular ones. The entire surface of the wall should be a layer of one batch. If there are doubts about the lack of the right amount of the mixture, it is better to prepare a new one in sufficient quantity.
Remains of diluted liquid wallpaper blends can be dried and left to reserve. If necessary, they can be reused without loss of quality.
Depending on the individual composition and thickness of the layer of application of liquid wallpaper, as well as certain conditions of temperature and humidity of the room, the required drying time is 12-72h. In addition, it affects the method and technology of application.