Liquid wallpaper: reviews, instructions for use

The best way to combat blues is to transform your home space. In other words, repair. So you can occupy your thoughts with the selection of various options for colors, styles, and there is simply no room for the negative in your head. The market for finishing materials offers a wide range of possibilities for changing the design of an apartment, office or any other premises. Today we will talk about liquid wallpaper. The reviews about them are generally good and inspiring. Choice of material Once the decision has been made to make repairs, a more important question arises: what materials to use? Wallpaper made of paper or film, which can be immediately glued to the surface, requires flat surfaces. For most apartments, this turns out to be a problem, since the walls are replete with angles and bulges. This does not mean that it is impossible to glue the wallpaper, but if you count on quality, you will have to spend a lot of time to correct the situation. In addition, it is necessary to take into account the selection of the pattern. The use of wall panels requires the appropriate skills and tools. What to do? The ideal option in this case would be the choice of liquid wallpaper, reviews of which indicate that they are fundamentally different from other materials and, due to their structure, are able to easily cope with all the shortcomings of the living space.
Advantages In most cases, liquid wallpaper, reviews of which testify to their naturalness, consist of cellulose or cotton, high quality coloring elements and glue. All this is contained in a plastic bag. You just need to stir its contents in the right amount of water, and the liquid wallpaper is ready to use. In addition, the wallpaper contains natural ingredients with a neutral electric charge. This indicates antistatic properties. In addition, they will not collect dust, and this plays an important role in maintaining the health of all family members. Reviews of liquid wallpaper also talk about their fire resistance, because they meet all fire safety standards. Colors The material can be used to renovate a wide variety of premises, be it a bedroom, corridor or office. The color range will pleasantly surprise the most demanding customers. It ranges from snowy white tones that shimmer and sparkle in the sun, to the vibrant hues of summer. To create a business-like atmosphere in your office, use gray liquid wallpaper on the walls. Reviews of people who used elements of silk in the material tell about the richness and beauty of the space. Such wallpapers create the effect of a fabric covering. If you dream of a solemn and rich transformation of the living room, the presence of gold threads in liquid wallpaper is suitable. Reviews and prices will delight you, since the cost starts from 250 rubles. per package, which is enough for 3-4 sq. m. For creative people with an avant-garde outlook on life, a coating that combines spots of various color shades will ideally fit into the interior. True, to create such a masterpiece, the hand of a true professional master is needed. But the result is worth it: you get a unique design that matches your views and character.
A little about the shortcomings Many of those who have tried this material leave reviews about liquid wallpaper. They also have disadvantages, as it turned out. Drying time. In order for the wallpaper to fully acquire the desired color, you need to wait 2-3 days. This type of finish does not like contact with moisture. Otherwise, unwanted surface stains may result. The cost of liquid wallpaper, in comparison with other possible elements of finishing work, is high. In addition, to obtain drawings in the interior, it is necessary to use special stencils, which is a rather difficult task for someone. Your attention is given to the comparative characteristics of liquid wallpaper with other finishing materials.

Not only decoration, but also a way to hide flaws As mentioned above, those who made liquid wallpaper left very positive reviews about their ability to hide the flaws of the walls - irregularities and bulges. They are also good at masking cracks and other defects, especially in places where there are sockets, baseboards, switches. Only to obtain this effect, the walls must first be coated with a primer. In most cases, you will be offered a quality primer at the point of purchase of the wallpaper. The prices for it are very diverse. If your budget is tight, you can use zinc white or water-based emulsion paint. Choose a primer depending on the color of the future wallpaper. If the tone is light, do not use dark paint underneath, otherwise it will shine through. You can also use liquid wallpaper in the bathroom. Reviews of those who have come across a similar finish draw attention to the nuance of the insulation of batteries and pipes. This is due to their ability to transmit moisture, which leads to the appearance of rust and stains on the surface. Finishing a new apartment Another significant advantage of liquid wallpaper is the possibility of finishing a completely new apartment in a new building. Usually builders do not recommend making expensive repairs before the expiration of two years. This is due to the shrinkage of the new house. But with liquid wallpaper, you can give your apartment a great look without waiting for shrinkage. Due to the variety of types, liquid wallpaper has a different structure of the fibers themselves. This leads to the fact that some lie on a wall with a thickness of 3 mm, others about 5 mm. In the first case, they are more similar to ordinary wallpaper, in the second, they can be compared in texture with fabric, since they look more voluminous. But in any case, during the shrinkage of the house, neither the first nor the second will have defects, they will remain safe and sound due to their elasticity. Features of kitchen decoration You can also use liquid wallpaper in the kitchen. Reviews suggest that this finishing method easily copes with various contaminants that can most often be found in the cooking room. To cope with the problem, you need to clean the contaminated surface and apply liquid wallpaper to it. But in this case, there are several nuances that should be taken into account when correcting the situation. In reviews of liquid wallpaper for the kitchen, the disadvantages are also highlighted by consumers, in particular, it is indicated that the new applied area will be very different from the previous one if there is a lot of smoking in the apartment or wallpaper for several years. Therefore, if there is an opportunity to do without removing old wallpaper, use it. For example, you can try to clean dirty stains with an ordinary eraser.
Wallpaper in the bathroom Liquid wallpaper has a special microporous structure. This allows the material to "breathe" and retain heat and sound insulation well. But if you decide to use liquid wallpaper in the bathroom, reviews are advised to pre-coat the walls with a protective layer, for example, varnish. This is done in order to limit the penetration of moisture and soot. Yes, it will preserve the beauty and attractiveness of the room, and also allow you to get rid of dirt with just one damp cloth. But this is also a minus of liquid wallpaper. Reviews also say that the effect of the "breathable" coating is reduced to zero. Then the question arises: why pay more? You can use more practical vinyl wallpaper right away. Application process If you study all the recommendations correctly, you can apply liquid wallpaper with your own hands. Reviews of who did this at home can be seen in the video below. Consider the stages of application: Preparing the walls. Before you start, you need to clean the walls of various kinds of dirt, remove unnecessary nails or other metal objects. Correct pits and other defects with enamel. If a fungus is found, treat the surface with a special anti-fungal agent. Wipe off dust and leave to dry. Primer application. If you live in a house that has been renovated for a long time, treat the walls with a primer and two coats of white enamel. This will prevent the appearance of yellow spots. The room temperature must be at least + 10 ° С. Pour dry wallpaper contained in a plastic bag into a bucket or special container. Add to them the other dry ingredients that come in the kit, the right amount of water and start stirring the mass until smooth. Wallpaper is applied with a spatula or a pistol. In the first case, soak the mass for about 30 minutes and gradually begin to apply it to the walls. In the second option, you can use liquid wallpaper right away. Determine the type of application according to the recommendations on the package. The walls will dry on average 12-72 hours. It depends on the room humidity and temperature.
Preparing the walls The quality of the final result depends on how scrupulously you approach this process. The main task at this stage is to remove everything unnecessary from the walls: old wallpaper, whitewash, etc. The result should be an absolutely clean and uniform surface. All metal objects must be removed without fail. This will prevent corrosion and unwanted stains. If for some reason it is impossible to get such an item, apply oil paint over it. For the best results, coat the walls with a coat of acrylic primer or water-based paint. Try to use a white primer to get the finish you want. We dilute the mixture In appearance, liquid wallpaper is very similar to sawdust. They are packed in plastic bags. The composition already contains all the necessary ingredients to create the desired finish. To prepare liquid wallpaper, you need to dilute the contents of the packages with warm water (no higher than 40 ° C). This must be done until a homogeneous mass is obtained, with a density similar to sour cream. According to standard norms, one such packet of dry mixture will need about 6 liters of liquid. It is important at this stage to perform all manipulations manually. The use of various electric mixers and other tools can deform the fiber structure itself. After thorough mixing, the mixture must be left to infuse for a period of about 12 hours. Then the solution is re-mixed and only then applied directly to the wall. Applying wallpaper to walls In most cases, the mixture is applied with a spatula. In order to evenly distribute the mass over the surface, special rollers and graters are additionally used. There are wallpapers that can be sprayed with a Hopper gun. You need to start work from the corner of any of the walls. For optimal distribution of the material over the entire surface, taking into account the drying period, the applied layer thickness should be 2 mm on average. In this case, it is necessary to monitor the uniform distribution over the entire area. But regardless of the thickness, the characteristics of the material for decoration remain the same.
Recommendations for application When applying liquid wallpaper with your own hands (in the reviews of people who tried to cope with the task on their own, this is confirmed), it is necessary to control the forceful pressure on the tool. This is one of the most important points during work. Excessive pressing of the spatula leads to deformation of the texture layer and distortion of the structure.
If, on the contrary, insufficient force is applied, the layer will be too thick and will fall unevenly on the surface. When working with a float or spatula, move only in forward-reverse movements and in no case in a circular manner. Another important nuance is the presence of a sufficient amount of the mixture. If you doubt whether you have enough material, it is better to play it safe and dilute more mass. To ensure uniformity of color and texture, the material must be used with the same batch. If there are residues, they can be dried and left for future use to eliminate possible contamination and defects.
Eliminating defects There are times when it becomes necessary to replace some area of ​​liquid wallpaper. An example would be pollution. In this case, you can easily remove the old layer and apply a new one over it. To do this, the first step is to moisten the damaged surface. Use a regular spray bottle (with which you spray flowers). After that, with a spatula, carefully remove the damaged layer and place it in a clean glass or plastic container. Prepare a new batch of liquid wallpaper from this dry mass. The cleaned part of the wall should be covered with a double coat of primer, leaving each to dry for up to 6 hours.
Then moisten the dry edges of the wallpaper on the wall with the same spray gun and apply new ones with a spatula. Pay special attention to the joints with old wallpaper, carefully processing them with a tool. After the new area dries up, it will be difficult to distinguish it from the general picture both in color and quality.