Painting & Wallpapering/wall mural


I have a mural 124" * 96".  It comes in four equal sections of 31" by 96" and the company that sent it says to use ordinary wallpaper paste to hang it.  My situation is this:  I have a textured wall to hang it on and I am a renter.  I don't want to harm the textured wall in case I move.  I realize if I remove the mural at a later date it will be destroyed but I don't know what, if any damage would be done to the wall. What is your advise on the best way to hang the mural with the least potential for damage to the wall later. Also, what adhesive should I use to create the best contact with the wall and most easily removed later with the least amount of damage to the wall.  Thanks for any help.


This is difficult to answer, my concern with wallpaper has always been to secure it to the wall and make sure that it can't be removed easily !!!!

There are numurous types of paste the ordinary powder and celluluse, but the most up to date science is using PVA based ready mixed adhesive.  I would venture to suggest that they all could cause damage to the substrate when removed.  My best suggestion which I emphasise is only a suggestion and not based upon any experience would be to apply a barrier Glaze to the textured surface prior to applying the Mural.  

Plenty of products available like Scumble Glaze, Also there is a Zinsser product called Guardz which is a sealer for powdery and friable plaster, but it dries perfectly clear and should leave the surface in it's original condition.

One word of caution if you do use a clear barrier coat make sure your wallpaper adhesive will stick to it.

Sorry I cannot be more authoritive, but I hope this helps.



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Tony Gallagher


I can answer questions on all interior and exterior painted surfaces. Ranging from new plaster and woodwork to galvanised metal, rusty metal to exterior render stucco, All external timbers from solid oak to tannalised fencing. I have specialist knowledge on Flame Retardent products for Combustiable and Non Combustiable surfaces. Although some product knowledge of Car finishing I do not feel I have enough experience in that field to be able to offer knowledgable solutions.Colour queries are welcome but I have not got a design background and can only answer semi technical questions with regard to colour.


Fourty years selling decorative products on behalf of major manufacturers such as Permoglaze,Crown,Macphersons,Johnstones, Leyland,Sikkens & Sadolin. More recently in a merchant capacity I have been involved with Dulux, Farrow & Ball and Fired Earth products. I have recently commenced training in enviromentally friendly product ranges, such as vegatable oil paints and varnish.

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