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Prep for Wallpapering and Washing off old Paste With Sugar Soap?

Postby Luddite1958 » Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:02 pm

Hi. I want to wallpaper a bedroom in our 1920's built house. The walls are plastered with a what I think might be an old fashioned lime plaster. It is very weak and collapses easily when drilled.

The room was previously wallpapered and I have stripped them. Am I correct in thinking that it is good practice to wash the old adhesive off with sugar soap before re-papering? If so, is that wise with this very weak plaster? Is there a risk that it will be damaged by washing down with sugar soap?

Can anyone offer other preparation tips, as this is only the 2nd time I've ever thought of papering a wall.

Thanks for your help.
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