Frequently Asked Questions
Generally not directly. The tiles would firstly need to be prepared to accept the wallpaper, in terms of adhesion and smoothness of the surface. Firstly, the tile surface will need to be sealed with an appropriate sealer and allowed to dry. We recommend a heavy duty non-woven lining paper to be applied and allowed to dry before wallpapering.
It’s important to be extremely careful in answering this question. Generally, all bare surfaces such as cement render or plasterboard will need to have a coat of sealer applied before wallpapering. Sometimes, these surfaces are already painted and people would like to wallpaper over the paint. The problem is that modern paints contain additives such as silicone, which are designed to repel dirt and liquids. When you wallpaper over these paints, the paint tends to repel the wallpaper adhesive. Therefore, it is important to seal the painted wall prior to hanging wallpaper.
Occasionally it is possible to hang over existing wallpaper, but we only recommend this as an absolute last resort. We always prefer to get back to the solid substrate when hanging new wallpaper. Any vinyl coated or solid vinyl materials will have to be removed prior to installing, or alternatively, a coat of an appropriate sealer can be applied to the existing surface to form a barrier, and once the sealer has dried, the wallpaper can be applied over the top of the old.
There are many wallpaper shops around that sell a variety of different types of paper. For the best of the best, please refer to our Suppliers section for more details.