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Old 05-04-2019, 09:38 AM   #1
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Starch Based Wallpaper Paste?


My father-in-law is hanging some Cowtan & Tout grasscloth wall paper from England.

The instructions say to use a clear pre-mixed starch based adhesive.
It specifically says in all caps, "Do not use wheat, cellulose, acrylic, or vinyl paste".

We can't find any starch based that doesn't have some of the above listed "Do not use" ingredients.

He has Romans 838 adhesive. He is trying to avoid staining the wallpaper (or any other negatives that come from using the wrong paste).

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Seems to be lots of recipes for making his own.

https://homeguides.sfgate.com/make-w...rch-73037.html

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Seems to be lots of recipes for making his own.

https://homeguides.sfgate.com/make-w...rch-73037.html
I'm not sure he'll love the thought of that... I'll at least pass it on.
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I'm not sure he'll love the thought of that... I'll at least pass it on.
Surely someone with his sense of sophisticated style will appreciate the old school charm of preparing his own paper paste.
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Surely someone with his sense of sophisticated style will appreciate the old school charm of preparing his own paper paste.
He's been painting and hanging paper for longer than I've been alive. He went to wallpaper school before I was born.

I think at this point the idea of going to a store and buying a bucket of product is way more appealing than cooking up a concoction on the stove.
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I"m not sure I've ever seen the product they're talking about. Maybe you have to order it from England....
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Call Roman and ask them what they have.
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I have a store
My original trade was paperhanger with plenty of painting along the way
once I had been doing paint carpenter work & Faux painting for a customer ,
for years they had been happy with me . After completing a nice batch of work
the wife mentioned her husband from England had some imported paper from his home country
The husband was dubious I was confident
I was really gona prove myself here I figured . I sanded the walls . I put 2 coats of shields primer & finished off with a R35
(this is a 1990 's story )
It was a paper & I made lite of the Starch instructions
and I used a quality clear .
WELL !!! heck it hung perfect smooth , seams tight , pattern match nice . I felt like a champ - till the next DAY !!!
each and every seam turned brownish . I was completely baffled
How much more correct could my procedure have been BUT sure enough
those instructions are no joke .

No question No matter what you use
TEST IT
In a pinch you can try corn starch
1/4 cup corn starch 1/2 cup cold water. & pour in 4 cups of boiling water & mix
Regardless TEST First .
Maybe you can import some old school paste from England

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